By Clarice T. Campbell
A California instructor named Clarice T. Campbell wrote certain letters to friends and family approximately her "small experience" whereas learning on the universities of Alabama and Mississippi and instructing at black Mississippi and South Carolina faculties from 1956 until eventually 1965. player and observer, she challenged segregated bus stations, eating places, church buildings, and mindsets. alongside the best way she met illiberal and admirable humans, either well-known and native. someone who says not anything has replaced should have forgotten or by no means have identified the day-by-day indignities, let alone the powerless place, of African-Americans within the South sooner than the Nineteen Sixties. stimulated to coach or remind, Campbell has amassed and edited the superb letters she wrote. They rfile a time and a spot, in addition to her observant, feeling nature. those that have learn them have famous her "astute statement of race kin" and her "lighter vein that entertains whereas it teaches." in the course of her place of abode within the South, she encountered racial injustice in all places. As she proceeded together with her day-by-day activities-shopping, having her vehicle repaired, eating in cafes and restaurants-she well-known issues that she deemed "wrong." yet in basic terms she and some others dared to talk out. along with her transparent perception right into a closed society being damaged open, her collective letters to the realm outdoors are a chronicle of the Deep South's fight and America's quest for civil rights. Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South is a storybook, an autobiography, and, for the reader looking an eyewitness's prepared documentation, a heritage of stricken instances. Clarice T. Campbell retired from educating in 1988. She lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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At present I have just 12 hours of teaching during the weeka very light load compared to the regular teachers here. I didn't ask for any more, for I am quite apprehensive over my approach and ability in this situation so new to me. The benefit to me scholastically, here, is that I have time and feel I must do some real studying. I am learning more than I would learn in any regular history course in which I might enroll. It's a bit hard on the students to be guinea pigs for me, but there is nothing like teaching to learn.
My apologies, herewith. I want to acknowledge my indebtedness to faculty colleagues and my students, as well as those members of the college communities who had the courage to extend a hand of friendship in spite of the problems which that could cause them. Their acceptance of me deepened my understanding and broadened my knowledge of the South. Yet, for all this encouragement and help, the letters might never have found publication had it not been for my good friend Jan Hillegas, who came to Mississippi from Syracuse University in the Freedom Summer of 1964.
The original letters, presided over by an efficient and accommodating staff, may be found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson. The office staff at Traceway Retirement Center ran off countless photocopies, mailed packages, even came to my apartment to oust the pesky gremlins that all too often invaded my typewriter, putting me temporarily out of business! I am indeed thankful to all the Traceway personnel. I found the suggestions of the many friends who read the manuscript of real value.