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In this 1959 article, an Alabama writer did his level-headed best to explain the sluggish reasoning that made up the opinions of his friends and neighbors as to why racial integration of the nation's schools was a poor idea. He observed that even the proudest Southerner could freely recognize that African-Americans were ill-served by the existing school system and that they were due for some sort of an upgrade - they simply wished it wouldn't happen quite so quickly. The journalist spent a good deal of column space explaining that there existed among the Whites of Dixie a deep and abiding paranoia over interracial marriage.

Their line of thinking seems terribly alien to us, but, be assured, Southern white reasoning has come a long way since 1923...

Read this article about the Southerner who had a racial epiphany...

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A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

A Southern View of Integration (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

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