Timothy B. Tyson 's Radio Free Dixie : Robert F Williams And The Roots Of Black Power

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Timothy B. Tyson is a teacher, historian, research scholar, and an award-winning author. Tyson was born in North Carolina in 1959 and was raised there his whole life. In 1987, Tyson earned a B.A. at Emory University and then his Ph. D in history at Duke University in 1994. He also became an assistant professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin -Madison the same year he received his Ph.D., and later became a full-time professor. Tyson currently stays in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Perri and their two children, and serves as a Senior Research Scholar at Duke University for Documentary Studies. Tyson has also received many book awards such as the John Rawley Prize and the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for one of…show more content…
Tyson mentions white supremacy, and how it helped Robert Teel and his two sons get out of the jury with a slap on the wrist. In addition, Tyson also provides interviews with local citizens many years after the trial and asks them about what has changed in Oxford since then. Tyson intended to write this autobiography to go in depth about civil rights and to also educate the readers more about Afro-American studies. One of the points that Tyson brings up is the persecution whites who supported civil rights. Tyson mentions in the book that he and his family were forced to move because of their support for the Civil Rights Movement. This was the main reason why they got kicked out of Oxford and other towns in North Carolina, prior moving to Oxford. The Southern States were still segregated even after the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 was passed, which outlawed all discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or origin. Some states in the South neglected this law and remained segregated. Tyson mentions being persecuted when he says, “Even as a little boy, I already knew somehow that the Tysons were not always part of white newspaper editors of the day called “the South” … I suppose they never stopped to consider that black people might be Southerners.” (Tyson 18) Whites who supported civil rights or black people in any way were considered as traitors by other white people. Interracial relationships were one of the aspects that Tyson talks about

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