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James Fowler's Silence: The White Moderate and the American Civil Rights Movement

Wes Crawford
Assistant Professor of Church History
Director, Center for Restoration Studies
Abilene Christian University

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James Fowler served as Preaching Minister for the Central Church of Christ in Birmingham, Alabama, during the pivotal years of the American Civil Rights Movement. Described as a champion of equality by some and as a white racist by others, Fowler’s legacy remains ambiguous and complex. This study, which arises from a thorough investigation of Fowler’s personal papers, offers a fresh look at one of the quintessential silent white leaders of mid-twentieth-century Churches of Christ.

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