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History of Greensboro v. Civil Rights

Date: February 10, 1980

Author: William D. Snider

Biographical/Historical abstract: William Snider (1920- ) served in editorial positions on both the Greensboro Record and Greensboro Daily News from 1951 to 1982.

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In this February 10, 1980 Greensboro Daily News column, editor William Snider reviews historian William Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights which focuses on school and business desegregation in Greensboro. Snider disagrees with Chafe's argument that the Pearsall Plan was used to maintain the status quo, saying “North Carolina would have suffered far more racial turmoil,” without the plan. However, Snider commends Chafe's account of the 1960 Woolworth store sit-ins and his research on the African American community. He quotes part of Chafe's thesis, which questions whether civility and civil rights are compatible. Snider believes they are, claiming that “Greensboro gained strength from the experience—from civil rights and civilities.”

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook about the twentieth anniversary of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1062

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