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Asa Carter speaking

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Creator:Knoxville Journal
Title:Asa Carter speaking
Date:1956 Sept. 1

Black-and-white photograph from September 1956 of speechwriter and segregationist Asa Carter, a member of the White Citizens Council in Alabama, speaking agianst the integration of Clinton High School in Anderson County, Tennessee. Carter is surrounded by white children as he speaks. Federal courts ordered schools in Clinton, Tennessee, to integrate "with all deliberate speed" in 1956. On September 1, Carter, who wrote fiction under the name Forrest Carter, and fellow segregationist John Kaspar made speeches against the school's integration by twelve African American students. After the speeches, violence in the city grew to the point that National Guard troups were brought into the city to keep order. Kaspar was later charged with inciting a riot for his speech.

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Types:Black-and-white photographs
Subjects:Carter, Asa E., 1925-1979 | School integration--Tennessee--Clinton | Segregation in education--Tennessee--Clinton | Race relations | Clinton (Tenn.)--Race relations | White supremacy movements--Tennessee--Clinton | Segregationists--Tennessee--Clinton | African American students--Tennessee--Clinton | Racism--Tennessee--Clinton | White Citizens councils--Southern States | Anderson County (Tenn.) | Clinton (Tenn.)
Collection:Clinton High School Desegregation from the Knoxville Journal Collection
Institution:McClung Historical Collection at the Knoxville-Knox County Public Library
Contributors:Knox County Public Library System | Volunteer Voices (Project)
Online Publisher:Knoxville, Tenn. : Volunteer Voices | 2007-03-15
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Clinton High School Desegregation from the Knoxville Journal Collection, C.M. McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library, Knoxville, Tennessee

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