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...g so. Eventually, McGee terminated their illicit relationship and she in turn cried rape. It was impossible to convince a white jury that a white woman would willingly want to have sex with a black man let alone coerce him into it; McGee was sentenced to death. White males feared miscegenation but still continued to rape black women. Sex and rape maintained racial hierarchy in the South.
Black women and their role in the civil rights movement have been forgotten in most history books but in McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street, she successfully brings the focus towards black woman and retells the history of the civil rights movement but this time, around the black woman. McGuire takes the marginalized stories of these many important black women and centers them as she powerfully details the ordeals, triumphs and various personalities in the civil rights movement.
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