One of the things that we hope to test in the “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” online publishing pilot is how to make publications as interconnected as possible. Scientific, technical, and medical publishers are way ahead of humanities and social science publishers in this area, and journal publishing is ahead of book publishing. There exist vast aggregations of scientific publications that have useful hyperlinks imbedded in their references. We envision a day when publications of interest to historians and others who work on the long civil rights movement also will be accessible online and deeply linked.
A linked bibliography entry can be quite impressive! If you are a premium user of our publishing pilot, check out the “Articles” section of the bibliography in Bob Korstad’s Civil Rights Unionism. Following some of the entries, a DOI link appears. Click it, and it will take you to the online article, whether it is available in JSTOR, or hosted by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, or wherever. If you work at an institution of higher education, your computer will likely know whether you have access to the full text via your library and will simply show it (otherwise it will show the publication’s landing page, with bibliographical information). Click the back button to return to Korstad’s bibliography.
A “DOI” is a digital object identifier. Continue reading ‘Bringing Bibliographies Alive’
If you use other aggregated e-resources via your library, you might recognize aspects of our newly launched LCRM online publishing pilot, such as the book shot (a picture of the book) and metadata (information about the book) on each book’s landing page. The design of some features is unique, such as the way we show where the page break was in the original book, but the functions themselves occur in other resources. Our main innovation is the commenting feature, which allows participants to comment on all of the publications in the site at the paragraph level. We have a lot of ideas about how this feature might be used, which you can read about on the “Commenting Guidelines” page.
For an example of a comment, see chapter four of To Right These Wrongs. Librarians whom we surveyed were enthusiastic about the potential of comments to lead readers to archival collections, so my first comment on the site included a link connecting this book to photographs by Billy Barnes, which are online at the UNC Special Collections Library.
CommentPress might be the most well-known system for commenting on books online; it is admirably thought out and seems to work well. However, our site is the only one I know of that offers commenting on a multi-genre collection of publications that is also full-text searchable. If you know about a similar offering, please let me know, because I would be very interested in it! Seldom are innovations completely new. Our particular version of commenting was based on DjangoBook.
I try to keep a list of annotation experiments online, and it is growing. Some other interesting ones are: VoiceThread, SharedBook, and Darwin’s Origin of Species from the New York Times, which continues to develop an annotation platform called Doc Viewer. We call our own Django-based experiment the Voice Publishing Platform.
Part of the LCRM Project’s online publishing experiment is to mix genres and see how people like that. So far, the LCRM online publishing pilot contains 34 UNC Press books, 8 not-yet-published conference papers, 1 community-organizing manual, and 1 report. We will add to this content soon by including some published journal articles and more working papers. Would our users like to see more working papers? Is it useful to search published articles together with the books and papers, or is it not worth the trouble to include the published journal articles, if they are available online elsewhere? Do historians and other scholars working on the long civil rights movement like to share and read working papers pre-publication, the way scientists do? We had some indications in our Faculty Survey that the answers would be Yes, but we are keen to revisit these questions in practice.
The “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” online publishing pilot was launched a week ago today. It was what we might call a “soft” launch—no press release or grand announcement, just a Tweet and a blog post and some initial invitations to our project partners. I wanted to test the site a bit, to make sure that deployment on the production server went smoothly. I needn’t have worried; the site is solidly built and functioning well. Soon we’ll do more publicity. If you are reading this, consider yourself one of the “first to know”!
You can search all the books and papers and read chapter 4 of the newly published book To Right These Wrongs by Bob Korstad and Jim Leloudis without registering. If you register, you can comment on the chapter.
Premium users whom we invite to participate during the eight-month test period have free access to the full text of the 40-plus books and papers in the site and can comment on all of them at the paragraph level. If you are a professor, librarian, or graduate student and would like premium access, please contact us via the site. (“Contact Us” is in the footer on each page.)
You can’t understand the civil rights movement without understanding the opposition to it. White Citizens Councils, the jacket-and-tie complement to the Ku Klux Klan that did as much, if not more, to disrupt the path to full citizenship for African Americans.
This new online archive of The Citizens Council newspaper, published from 1955 to 1961, is a big step in that direction. The archive is complete and, according to its creator, fully searchable. Crystal clear scans and a fluid reading mechanism make it easy to get lost in the sinister poetry of the Council’s propaganda. “NAACP Plans for Police State Revealed” crows one headline; “Africans Not Ready to Govern Selves ‘Liberal’ Writer Finally Admits,” reads another.
The Citizen’s Councils, like their rivals in the civil rights struggle, saw themselves as part of a “movement.” They were “organizing for victory” (well, they weren’t, but that was the idea). Their efforts reveal the ways in which even groups in opposition to one another share strategies, whether they like it or not. Today’s Tea Party protesters owe as much to the traditions of civil rights protests as they do to their philosophical godparents in the Citizens Councils.
Civil rights veterans, students, and scholars–and not a few camerapeople and photographers–gathered in the chapel on Shaw’s campus to discuss “The Societal Response to SNCC.” Panelists were Larry Rubin (who worked in southwest Georgia), Timothy Jenkins (Mississippi), Dottie Zellner (Mississippi), John Doar (civil rights division of the Justice Department), and Peniel Joseph (Tufts historian).
John Doar (right), escorting James Meredith onto the campus of Ole Miss.
It was, in SNCC style, a loosely formatted panel that emphasized questions from the audience. John Doar opened the discussion by recalling his role in the Justice Department and how
“the SNCC kids” inspired him and his fellow lawyers to try to enforce the law in Mississippi, where the “system was absolutely corrupt.”
“If you were white and you were 21 and you could breathe, you could vote,” he remembered. Not so for blacks.
Timothy Jenkins cited the Freedom School’s as SNCC’s crowning achievement, because they taught black kids for the first time that they could be somebody, that not everyone was out to crush their dreams, and that they could choose success. “That was the impact of SNCC.”
Continue reading ‘“The Societal Response to SNCC”’