IS SEGREGATION UNCHRISTIAN? [Greenwood, Mississippi Citizens' Councils anti-civil rights handbill presenting biblical quotations which support their view that segregation is consistent with the tenets of Christianity.]

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Published by Greenwood, MS: Educational Fund of the Citizens' Councils, [no date, probably 1955].
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Single legal-sized sheet, approx. H 14 inches x L 8.5 inches, unevenly folded horizontally into fourths. Text printed on both sides with obverse (title and lead text) side having some toning and foxing as well as two negligible chips and short tear at left edge; sheet also has creased corners and some light wrinkling. A good+ copy of an exceptionally scarce Citizens' Councils flyer-handbill. OCLC locates only a digital copy at one member institution. However, a separate search of The University of Mississippi Libraries Special Collections indicates that they possess three copies among the Broadsides and Broadsheets division of their Citizens' Council Collection which, as most holdings are not individually cataloged by title, therefore do not have OCLC citations. As with most Citizens' Councils imprints, the sheet does not have a publication date but was likely issued in late 1954 or 1955 contemporary to their other primary theological diatribe "A Christian View on Segregation" by Jackson, Mississippi Presbyterian minister and Belhaven College president Guy Tillman Gillespie. The sheet's obverse features twenty-two Bible quotes (nineteen of which are from Genesis) with the reverse side adding nine more Old Testament quotes plus five from the New Testament. The linkages between the Greenwood, Mississippi-based Association of Citizens' Councils goal of racial integrity and their chosen out-of-context scriptural passages range from feeble to ludicrously far-fetched to utterly irrelevant. Of course the most difficult problem to overcome in using the Bible to justify their abhorrent stance is that the good book does not tender any explicit mandate for racial separation. But why should such an inconvenient fact dissuade the Citizens' Councils from at least trying the "God is on our side" argument for their propaganda purposes. Since only a few passages in the Tower of Babel and Curse of Ham stories can be spun to the segregationist's perverse point of view, the Citizens' Councils theological brain-trust, primarily comprised of the aforementioned Reverend Gillespie and his like-minded colleague Reverend Reid Miller of Jackson's First Presbyterian Church, found more effective ammunition in the writings of Saint Paul than in Old Testament wrath. But, background musings aside, the sheet nonetheless remains interesting evidence of the Citizens' Councils "stoke the fear, stoke the fire" policy and is certainly in-step with the long tradition of American pamphleteering and hate literature. Any original Citizens' Councils material is now quite difficult to find and their propaganda remain intriguing tragic relics ripe with indefensible attitudes and arguments but are still vital for an understanding of the era as they document the mindset of those so vehemently opposed to the civil rights cause. Description copyright David Hallinan, Bookseller. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: Greenwood, MS: Educational Fund of the Citizens' Councils, [no date, probably 1955].

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Book Description Greenwood, MS: Educational Fund of the Citizens' Councils, [no date, probably 1955]., 1955. Single legal-sized sheet, approx. H 14 inches x L 8.5 inches, unevenly folded horizontally into fourths. Text printed on both sides with obverse (title and lead text) side having some toning and foxing as well as two negligible chips and short tear at left edge; sheet also has creased corners and some light wrinkling. A good+ copy of an exceptionally scarce Citizens' Councils flyer-handbill. OCLC locates only a digital copy at one member institution. However, a separate search of The University of Mississippi Libraries Special Collections indicates that they possess three copies among the Broadsides and Broadsheets division of their Citizens' Council Collection which, as most holdings are not individually cataloged by title, therefore do not have OCLC citations. As with most Citizens' Councils imprints, the sheet does not have a publication date but was likely issued in late 1954 or 1955 contemporary to their other primary theological diatribe "A Christian View on Segregation" by Jackson, Mississippi Presbyterian minister and Belhaven College president Guy Tillman Gillespie. The sheet's obverse features twenty-two Bible quotes (nineteen of which are from Genesis) with the reverse side adding nine more Old Testament quotes plus five from the New Testament. The linkages between the Greenwood, Mississippi-based Association of Citizens' Councils goal of racial integrity and their chosen out-of-context scriptural passages range from feeble to ludicrously far-fetched to utterly irrelevant. Of course the most difficult problem to overcome in using the Bible to justify their abhorrent stance is that the good book does not tender any explicit mandate for racial separation. But why should such an inconvenient fact dissuade the Citizens' Councils from at least trying the "God is on our side" argument for their propaganda purposes. Since only a few passages in the Tower of Babel and Curse of Ham stories can be spun to the segregationist's perverse point of view, the Citizens' Councils theological brain-trust, primarily comprised of the aforementioned Reverend Gillespie and his like-minded colleague Reverend Reid Miller of Jackson's First Presbyterian Church, found more effective ammunition in the writings of Saint Paul than in Old Testament wrath. But, background musings aside, the sheet nonetheless remains interesting evidence of the Citizens' Councils "stoke the fear, stoke the fire" policy and is certainly in-step with the long tradition of American pamphleteering and hate literature. Any original Citizens' Councils material is now quite difficult to find and their propaganda remain intriguing tragic relics ripe with indefensible attitudes and arguments but are still vital for an understanding of the era as they document the mindset of those so vehemently opposed to the civil rights cause. Description copyright David Hallinan, Bookseller. Bookseller Inventory # JUN17-07992

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