A Place to Call Home: A Study of the Self-Segregated Community of Tatums, Oklahoma, 1894-1970

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This study examines Tatums, Oklahoma, under the assumption that the historically black towns (HBT) developed as a response to conditions in the South. This community provides a rich example of the apparent anomalies that the environment of self-segregation created. Despite the widespread violence of the Klan, the residents of the HBTs were not the targets of lynching or mob violence. During the years after World War II, Tatums residents enjoyed the greatest prosperity. The final chapter looks at the battle Tatums' residents fought to keep their school from being closed after the state of Oklahoma began to enforce the Brown ... continued below

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Ragsdale, Rhonda M. August 2005.

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This study examines Tatums, Oklahoma, under the assumption that the historically black towns (HBT) developed as a response to conditions in the South. This community provides a rich example of the apparent anomalies that the environment of self-segregation created. Despite the widespread violence of the Klan, the residents of the HBTs were not the targets of lynching or mob violence. During the years after World War II, Tatums residents enjoyed the greatest prosperity. The final chapter looks at the battle Tatums' residents fought to keep their school from being closed after the state of Oklahoma began to enforce the Brown v. Board of Education decisions in the 1960s. Their solidarity during the desegregation transition remained powerful enough for them to negotiate compromises regarding the fair treatment of their children in a world that was integrating around them.

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Ragsdale, Rhonda M. A Place to Call Home: A Study of the Self-Segregated Community of Tatums, Oklahoma, 1894-1970, thesis, August 2005; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4842/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .