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Subject: Alabamiana -- new book based on Toby Graham's Diss.
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"Jessica Lowther" <jlowther@...
08/01/02 07:46 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
_A Right to Read: Segregation and Civil Rights in Alabama's Public
by Patterson Toby Graham
STUDY CHRONICLES HISTORY OF SEGREGATION IN
ALABAMA PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The University of Alabama Press is pleased ot annouce the
publication of _A Right to Read: Segregation and Civil Rights in
Alabama's Public Libraries_, by Patterson Toby Graham. This
original and significant contribution to the historigraphy of the civil
rights movemetn and education in the South details a dramatic and
disturbing chapter in American cultural history.
The tradition of American public libraries is closely tied to the
perception that these institutions are open to all without regard to
social background. Such was not the case in the segregated
South, however, where public libraries barred entry to millions of
African Americans and provided tacit support for a culture of white
supremacy. _A Right to Read_ is the first book to examine public
library segregation from its origins in the late 19th century through
its end during the tumultuous years of the 1960s civil rights
movement. Graham focuses on Alabama, where African
Americans, denied access to white libraries, worked to establish
and maintain their own "Negro branches". These libraries--separate
but never equal--were always underfunded and inadequately
prepared to meet the needs of their constituencies.
By 1960, however, African Americans turned their attention toward
desegregating the white public libraries their taxes helped support.
They carried out "read-ins" and other protests designed to bring
attention and judicial pressure upon the segregationists. Patterson
Toby Graham contends that, for librarians, the civil rights
movement in their institutions represented a conflict of values that
pitted their professional ethics against regional mores. He details
how several librarians in Alabama took the dangerous course of
opposing segregationists, sometimes with unsettling results.
Edwin C. Bridges, Director, Alabama Department of Archives and
History, writes, "This book is crisply written, flows smoothly, and
tells an important and interesting story."
This groundbreaking work built on primary evidence will have wide
cross-disciplinary appeal. Students and scholars of southern and
African-American history, civil rights, and social science, as well
as academic and public librarians, will appreciate Graham's solid
research and astute analysis.
Patterson Toby Graham is Head of Special Collections at the
University of Southern Mississippi. His research on library
segregation has won four awards, including the ALISE-Eugene
Garfield Dissertation Award.
_A Right to Read_
200 pages, 6 x 9
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