Book Reviews form of Jim Crow laws, mob violence, and police brutality--and a rising civil rights movement under the leadership of local black activists working in league at times with national civil rights and labor organizations. Delear writes in a concise and straightforward fashion, making March! a quick read. An activist in Nacogdoches, he concedes that one of his objectives is to support the black community in its ongoing battle for a louder voice in the struggle over race, memory, and property in that community. "African-American leaders are currently engaged in a drive to preserve buildings and physical structures associated with their community during segregation and the civil rights era," he writes. "This work will aid in the preservation effort undertaken by the AfricanAmerican community." Delear relies largely on oral history which, he argues, "presents a source at least as accurate, if not more so, than official accounts." His approach enables him to recreate the 1929 expulsion, which white officials and newspapers at the time took pains to conceal. "While shame may partially explain the desire to forget the event, more practical matters also came into play," he writes. "Acquisition by violence voids title to real estate. Only
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Sep 16, 2012
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