A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980
A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980 is a digital public history website that tells the story of American civil rights activism in Starkville and at Mississippi State University (MSU), the state’s land-grant institution, by using oral history interviews with community residents who remember how court imposed desegregation forced the town and university to confront its racial inequities. Built with accessibility for a diverse public audience in mind, the site uses photos, newspapers, correspondence, and materials from the MSU Libraries and narrators’ personal collections to contextualize the interviews, while an interactive timeline and maps set the site’s temporal and spatial contexts. In addition, the site includes lesson plans and a bibliography. Together, these materials narrate the history of a heretofore unknown local civil rights movement which, although characterized by little physical destruction, was replete with symbolic, psychological, and institutional violence.