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The Dixie LimitedWriters on William Faulkner and His Influence$
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M. Thomas Inge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496803382

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.001.0001

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“Faulkner and Desegregation”

“Faulkner and Desegregation”

Chapter:
(p.114) “Faulkner and Desegregation”
Source:
The Dixie Limited
Author(s):

James Baldwin

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0022

This chapter discusses William Faulkner's stand on desegregation in the South. It begins by noting how Faulkner concedes the madness and moral wrongness of the South but at the same time raises it to the level of a mystique which makes it somehow unjust to discuss Southern society in the same terms in which one would discuss any other society. According to Faulkner, “Our position is wrong and untenable, but it is not wise to keep an emotional people of balance.” Thus, if it means anything, can only mean that this “emotional people” have been swept “of balance” by the Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation. The chapter also considers Faulkner's threat to leave the “middle of the road” and asks what is the evidence of the struggle he has been carrying on there on behalf of the Negro.

Keywords:   desegregation, William Faulkner, South, Supreme Court, segregation, Negro

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