Extremism in the Civil Rights Era listen10/28/11 Atecia Robinson
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The civil rights era was at its peak from 1955 to 1968 and during this time many events occurred that continue to affect citizens world wide. WMNFâ€™s Atecia Robinson reports from the Tampa Bay History Center, where Clive Webb presented his ideas on this era through his book Rabble Rousers: The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era.
In a small classroom filled with 16 people Clive Webb, a professor at the University of Sussex in England, said the book still applies to politics and culture in the twenty-first century South.
Webb grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood in Britain which is why the civil rights era interested him. He said he was inspired by a topic that wasnâ€™t often written about.
Rabble Rousers tells the story of five far right activists; Bryant Bowles, John Kasper, Major General Edwin Walker, J. B Stoner and Rear Admiral John Crommelin who led grassroots rebellions. Webb said John Kasper is the most interesting.
Webb said having an African American president such as Barack Obama was a sign that things will continue to change, but it was a shame that some right-wing citizens did not appreciate him.
Andy Hughes, a faculty member at the [University of South Florida](http://www.usf.edu/index.aspx, said based on his experiences racial tensions havenâ€™t disappeared.
Afterward, Mark Greenberg, a USF Tampa librarian, said he would recommend Webbâ€™s book.
Webb said he was unsure about the type of audience he would meet, but he would have liked to have a more diverse audience, which was entirely white.