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Civil Rights at KU 1865–1970: Separate But Not Equal


Although Kansas joined the Union as a free state, African Americans entering this new land looking for homes and livelihoods encountered a rigid color line. The conflict between lofty ideals and racist realities became a central theme of the African American experience in Kansas.

In Separate But Not Equal: The Quest for African American Civil Rights at the University of Kansas, 1865-1970, historian Bill Tuttle details the story of a century-old fight for freedom at the state’s flagship university – which mirrored many Lawrence institutions in congratulating itself on its racially open admissions policy while enforcing until the 1960s a strict Jim Crow system of racial separation.  Tuttle is professor emeritus of American Studies at KU whose books include Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919.

Tuttle will be appearing at the Kansas City Public Library on November 16, 2014

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