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February Forum: CANCELLED
We are very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel this month’s Forum due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope to be able to run this Forum later in the year. We apologise for any disappointment this might cause.
8th February @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
‘The Challenges of Researching the Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement’
Presented by Dr Bradley Phipps
This is an online Vaughan Open Research Forum.
About the February Forum
The US civil rights movement has been the focus of a good deal of historical inquiry. Less-studied, however, has been the ‘Massive Resistance’ to the movement, which sought to thwart racial integration and prevent civil rights for African Americans.
This talk will reflect on the challenges of researching the opposition to the civil rights movement. Amongst these are the difficulty of establishing the facts about the often-secretive activities of segregationists; the limited sources available; and the reticence of segregationists to give interviews or provide material to those studying this aspect of history. Despite its challenges, researching this part of history is important, not only to provide important context to studies of the civil rights movement, but also because the legacy of the racist opposition to the civil rights movement continues to shape American politics today.
About the presenter
Bradley Phipps is a historian of the modern United States, focusing on backlash politics and the opposition to the civil rights movement. He completed his PhD at the University of Leicester, and is now a Researcher at the Learning and Work Institute, working on research projects related to education, skills, and employment.
About the Vaughan Open Research Forum
Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.
Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues.