In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin M. Kruse explains the causes and consequences of “white flight” in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms. In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee’s father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee was a principled opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. When a militant segregationist movement arose that mocked his values, she revised the character in To Kill a Mockingbird to defend her father and to remind the South of its best traditions. Join these two historians as they discuss the south’s history of segregation, southern conservatism, and the impact of each on today’s politics.

September 1 @ 13:15
1:15 pm

First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall presented by Mailchimp

Joe Crespino, Kevin M. Kruse