The vital center?: an analysis of leadership and organization in the Civil Rights movement

Evans, Jamie (2014) The vital center?: an analysis of leadership and organization in the Civil Rights movement. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This historical study examines the contrasting leadership theories and organisational structures of the Civil Rights Movement, focusing in particular on charismatic, bureaucratic and grassroots leadership. The study will analyse each of the theories factoring into account the contrasting methods, objectives and structures, which facilitated a Civil Rights Movement. It will also apply each of the leadership theories to the movement itself, focusing on Martin Luther King, the SCLC and charismatic leadership, Ella Baker, the SNCC and grassroots leadership and lastly the NAACP and bureaucratic leadership. The study will show how each group used its ideology, contrasting leadership approaches and organisational structure to apply political pressure on the federal government and help foster mass African American activism. There were both advantages and limitations to each leadership theory which will be outlined in the dissertation. This study refers to both secondary and primary resources in order to examine the effectiveness of each organisation. It draws on the works from prominent historians, including Aldon Morris, Barbara Ransby and Kevin Verney and uses speeches and quotes from the civil rights leaders themselves. Ultimately it will demonstrate that there isn’t a leadership style or organisational structure that transcends another instead all were of importance if African Americans were to attain civil rights.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:56
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15388

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