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Dabbs, Edith M.

Biography:

Edith Mitchell Dabbs grew up in South Carolina during the early twentieth century. She and her husband, James McBride Dabbs, married in 1935. The couple first became involved in the issues of civil rights in the 1940s, when James began to speak out publicly against state legislation that prohibited the registration of African American voters. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the couple became increasingly involved in networks that espoused the fall of Jim Crow and racial equality. Dabss also worked with the United Church Women, focusing on the opposition that group faced in South Carolina because of its liberal reputation for espousing integration. She also wrote two books on the Penn School and St. Helena Island.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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