Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Carolyn Renee Dupont
Robert S. Weise
Thomas H. Appleton
This thesis seeks to describe the regional differences between the northern and southern civil rights movements through the examination of the black freedom struggle in Lexington, Kentucky. The geographical location of Lexington offers a unique perspective in civil rights movement activity, as the local movement was not distinctly northern or southern in character. This thesis functions as an analysis of northern and southern civil rights movement activity and uses a narrative of the Lexington movement to place the city's struggle in the context of each region. Oral interviews from white and black Lexingtonians that lived in the city before, during, and after the movement provide the basis for the narrative of the Lexington black freedom struggle. Through the examination of Lexington in different stages - segregation, the civil rights movement, and post-movement society - it is possible to obtain an understanding of the regional differences between the northern and southern movements, as well as Lexington's placement among each region.
Copyright 2015 Brandon J. Render
Render, Brandon J., "The Lexington, Kentucky Civil Rights Movement" (2015). Online Theses and Dissertations. 309.