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Comments on William A. Chafe's book pertaining particularly to Chapter Three, "The Sit-Ins Begin"

Date: circa 1979

Author: Clarence Harris

Biographical/Historical abstract: Clarence Lee "Curly" Harris (1905-1999) was the manager of the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro when four North Carolina A&T State University students sat-in at the lunch counter on February 1, 1960, setting off civil rights protests in Greensboro and throughout the country.

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Description: In this seven-page document, Clarence “Curly” Harris comments on historian William Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights . Harris, who was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins, provides extensive footnotes refuting factual details and many of Chafe's assertions presented in the chapter covering the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins. Harris takes issue especially as to how he and the F.W. Woolworth Co. are represented in the book, as well as with the specific timing of certain events. He notes how much Woolworth’s lost due to protests around the country and concludes that the sit-ins were responsible for destroying many downtown business districts throughout the South.

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Format of original: Other

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1157

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