Raging mountains: Southern Appalachian race rebellions from the 1960s-1970s

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Jubilee Olivia Luceal Padilla (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Elizabeth McRae

Abstract: This thesis will evaluate the notion of “Black invisibility” in the Southern Appalachian region and the lack of scholarship on race rebellions in this region during the 1960s-1970s. It will look specifically at two race rebellions, one in Asheville, North Carolina in 1969 and the other in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1968. Both rebellions revolve around the desegregation of learning institutions. These institutions include Asheville High School and Bluefield State College. A primary goal is to bring to life the narratives of Black communities in Southern Appalachia that have been silenced in scholarship. The questions that will be asked include: How were these rebellions rooted in or departures from the history of Black Appalachian racist violence? Were these rebellions isolated incidents or were they part of a long legacy of continuous protest? What were the social and political consequences of these rebellions? To what extent did school integration policy, policing, and political forces impact the communities of Bluefield, WV, and Asheville, NC? What were the short-term and long-term institutional impacts of these rebellions? Have historians exacerbated “Black invisibility” in Appalachia by disregarding these two rebellions and others in this era?

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Language: English
Date: 2023
Brown v. Board, Civil Rights Movement, Race Rebellion, Race Riot, School Integration, Southern Appalachia
Segregation in education
Race riots
Civil rights movements—United States
Asheville High School (Asheville, N.C.)
Bluefield State College

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