Flagler Professor Publishes Book On Black Freedom Struggle 1960-80



In his forthcoming book, Flagler College Associate Professor of History J. Michael Butler examines how institutional forms of cultural racism persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s. The book, titled “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980” is available for a 40 percent pre-order discount through December.

According to publisher The University of North Carolina Press, Butler’s work “reveals how with each legal step taken toward racial equality, notions of black inferiority became more entrenched….”

Dr. Paul Ortiz, of the University of Florida, spoke in a review about the book’s significance to those interested in racial inequality and the country’s civil rights movement.

“’Beyond Integration’ does a superb job of using the civil rights movement in Pensacola, Florida, to tell larger truths about United States history,” he said. “Arguing that the ‘long civil rights movement’ endured far beyond standard periodization, Butler likewise demonstrates that ‘white resistance’ to the fragile gains of the civil rights movement in the Deep South was far more robust, long-lasting and multifaceted than historians have generally argued. ‘Beyond Integration’ will make an immediate impact on debates over change and continuity in the civil rights movement as well as the nagging persistence of inequality in American life.”

The Flagler professor received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern History with an emphasis on the Civil Rights movement. He teaches, among others, courses in American History, African-American History, Slavery in the United States and The Civil Rights Movement.

Beyond Integration” will officially be published May 16, 2016.


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