The Fight for "Freedom of Association": Segregationist Rights and Resistance in Atlanta

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This chapter reveals how white parents used the rationale of "freedom of association" to protect their children from attending school with African Americans. It discusses that when it became apparent that the public school system would be desegregated, whites applied the same line of reasoning in reenrolling their children at private religious academies. It notes that these institutions had supposedly suffered defeat. It argues that the emphasis white Atlantans placed on the right to make choices for their children free of governmental inference was not merely a conceit intended to conceal their crude racial prejudice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMassive Resistance
Subtitle of host publicationSouthern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199870189
ISBN (Print)9780195177862
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • African American
  • Atlanta
  • Freedom of association
  • Private religious academy
  • Racial prejudice
  • Segregationist


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