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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Summer 2020



The Brown v. The Board of Education decision in 1954 called for the desegregation of public schools in the United States; Miami-Dade County (delaying like all of its neighbors) however, did not begin this process until 1959- and 1967 for high schools. The delaying of desegregation efforts was just one effect of the misunderstanding, or misinterpretation, of Civil War history in the southern US; a misunderstanding which also contributed to the white reactions reflected in our counties very own South Dade High School’s history. Just a year after desegregation began in South Dade, a student group named SOUL formed to protest the use of confederate symbolism representing an integrated group- the student body, nicknamed the ‘Rebels’. This paper serves as an analysis of the white reactions to SOUL, and the implications they yield.


Rebelling Against ‘Rebels’ Poster

Rebelling Against ‘Rebels’ Bibliography

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