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This long anticipated confession posted on the right is only three pages long, but it took centuries to write and its author, who described himself as just a "Southern [white], reared in the common tradition" lucidly explains the steps that had to be taken in order that he earn his "initiation into human decency".

There can be no doubt that many ragged, dog-eared copies of this middle class magazine must have been passed from seat to seat in the backs of many buses; perhaps one of the readers was a nineteen year-old seminary student named Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Some of his fellow Southerners didn't feel the same way...

The letters posted below from 1945 indicate that there were a number of other soldiers during the Second World War who also learned the same lesson:

Before the Atom Bomb came along, Joseph Stalin hatched a scheme to invade the U.S. and create two Americas, one black, one white - click here to read more...

And a 1949 article about the racial integration of two college sororities can be read here...

Click here to learn about the origins of the term "Jim Crow".

     


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How a Southerner Overcame His Racist Attitudes  (Coronet Magazine, 1948)

How a Southerner Overcame His Racist Attitudes  (Coronet Magazine, 1948)

How a Southerner Overcame His Racist Attitudes  (Coronet Magazine, 1948)

How a Southerner Overcame His Racist Attitudes  (Coronet Magazine, 1948)

How a Southerner Overcame His Racist Attitudes  (Coronet Magazine, 1948)

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