Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970 (Paperback)
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Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970 (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 30/08/2015
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Between 1920 and 1970, a small but significant number of white women confronted white supremacy and the segregationist system in the American South, incontrovertibly contributing to its demise. Using the 1954 Brown decision as a pivot, Anne Stefani examines and compares two generations of white women who spoke out against Jim Crow while remaining deeply attached to their native South.

For many white women reformers, the struggle for African American civil rights was linked to their own complex process of personal emancipation from gender norms. As part of the white community, southern white women felt guilt as members of the "oppressor" group. Yet as women in a patriarchal society, they were also "victims." This paradoxical double identity forced them to develop a special brand of activism that combatted white supremacy while emancipating them from white patriarchy. In Unlikely Dissenters, Stefani shows how their unique grassroots community-oriented activismfunctioned within - and even used to its advantage - southern standards of respectability.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060767
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm

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