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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nadine Cohodas Narrator: Denise Resnik Publisher: Iconoclassic Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mississippi, with its rich and dramatic history, holds a special place in the civil rights movement. Perhaps no other institution in that state, or in the South as a whole, has been more of a battleground for race relations or a barometer for progress than the University of Mississippi. Even the school's affectionate nickname - Ole Miss - bespeaks its place in the legacy of the South: Now used as short for Old Mississippi, Ole Miss was once a term of respect used by slaves for the wife of a plantation owner. Throughout the first part of this century, the state's Boll Weevil legislators presented the most implacable hostility to black enrollment.

The campus itself - with its stately white columns and field of Confederate flags at sporting events - seemed almost frozen in time. With the civil rights movement and the arrival of the first black student in 1962, the quietly determined James Meredith, violence and hatred erupted with regularity on the verdant campus. Even following years of progress, when a young black man and young white woman were elected Colonel Rebel and Miss Ole Miss, the highest campus honors, the pair appeared in the traditional yearbook photograph separated by a picket fence, still suggesting old taboos.

Once an unrepentant enclave of educational separatism in the South, the history of Ole Miss has paralleled the nation's own in race relations: the rocky beginnings of integration following Meredith's admission; the discord of the '60s and '70s, when activist black students eschewed crew cuts and varsity sweaters for afros and clenched fists; to the delicate reconciliation of recent years. A drastically changed campus today, Ole Miss continues to wrestle with its controversial mascot, Colonel Rebel, and questions of whether the emotional chords of Dixie should still be heard at its football games.

The Band Played Dixie is a penetrating look at the University of Mississippi - Ole Miss. Nadine Cohodas (... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by A. | 9/11/2013

    " A history of racial conflict at Ole Miss, and of the controversial practice of playing Dixie and waving the Confederate flag at their football and basketball games. Stark, surprising, sad, and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ash Crowe | 7/19/2013

    " Fascinating look at integration at Univ of Mississippi. Most compelling is that the book does not start and stop with James Meredith but instead covers the university's entire history from pre-Civil War to the 1990s to show how history acts, covers, and reacts in context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rmorgan1 | 4/19/2013

    " gives a historical account and brings to life the struggle of the civil rights movement right in the heart of dixie "

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