I am interested in organizing a session for the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association tentatively titled "The Brown Decision and Fears of Communist Infiltration." I envision a panel that describes how Southern states combined resistance to the desegregation ruling of the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education with fears of communist infiltration vis a vis the African American civil rights movement to encourage Southern whites to oppose school integration. My paper focuses on how this phenomenon unfolded in the pages of the Farmville Herald in Prince Edward County, Virginia from 1954-1964. I would like to hear from others interested in the interconnected issues of the Brown decision, fears of communism, and opposition to school integration.
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