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Authors

Dan Lasker

Abstract

The notion pervasive in the popular media of the racist Southerner is a stereotype with serious implications. Despite recent evidence showing that slavery and even plantations were plentiful in the North into the early 19th Century, people commonly ascribe a higher level of racist predisposition to individuals living in the South. This paper looks at the period between 1950 and 1970 to see if cities from the former Confederacy responded differently to the Civil Rights Movement as compared to cities from the former Union along two different segregation indices. The results show that while Southern cities had significantly higher levels of racial isolation, there was no significant difference in the way Southern segregation changed over the course of the Civil Rights Movement relative to the North.

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