Mothers of massive resistance: white women and the politics of white supremacy

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Oxford University Press,
Pub. Date:
c2018.
Language:
English
Description
Why do white supremacist politics in America remain so powerful? Elizabeth Gillespie McRae argues that the answer lies with white women. Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, Mothers of Massive Resistance explores the grassroots workers who maintained the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow. For decades in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed myriad duties that upheld white over black: censoring textbooks, denying marriage certificates, deciding on the racial identity of their neighbors, celebrating school choice, canvassing communities for votes, and lobbying elected officials. They instilled beliefs in racial hierarchies in their children, built national networks, and experimented with a color-blind political discourse. Without these mundane, everyday acts, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did or lasted as long as it has.With white women at the center of the story, the rise of postwar conservatism looks very different than the male-dominated narratives of the resistance to Civil Rights. Women like Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker publicized threats to their Jim Crow world through political organizing, private correspondence, and journalism. Their efforts began before World War II and the Brown decision and persisted past the 1964 Civil Rights Act and anti-busing protests. White women's segregationist politics stretched across the nation, overlapping with and shaping the rise of the New Right. Mothers of Massive Resistance reveals the diverse ways white women sustained white supremacist politics and thought well beyond the federal legislation that overturned legal segregation.
More Details
ISBN:
9780190271718
019027171
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID8a53bc4b-1d46-9f97-708d-88f606259341
Grouping Titlemothers of massive resistance white women and the politics of white supremacy
Grouping Authormcrae elizabeth gillespie
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-14 04:44:11AM
Last Indexed2019-10-14 04:47:17AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorMcRae, Elizabeth Gillespie,
author_displayMcRae, Elizabeth Gillespie
collection_arlingtonAdult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike Adult Nonfiction
display_description"They are often seen in photos of crowds in the mid-century South--white women shooting down blacks with looks of pure hatred. Yet it is the male white supremacists who have been the focus of the literature on white resistance to Civil Rights. This groundbreaking first book recovers the daily workers who upheld the system of segregation and Jim Crow for so long--white women. Every day in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed a myriad of duties that upheld white over black. These politics, like a well-tended garden, required careful planning, daily observing, constant weeding, fertilizing, and periodic poisoning. They held essay contests, decided on the racial identity of their neighbors, canvassed communities for votes, inculcated racist sentiments in their children, fought for segregation in their schools, and wrote column after column publicizing threats to their Jim Crow world. Without white women, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did, and the long civil rights movement would not have been so long. This book is organized around four key figures--Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker--whose political work, publications, and private correspondence offer a window onto the broad and massive network of women across the South and the nation who populate this story. Placing white women's political work from the 1920s to the 1970s at the center, this book demonstrates the diverse ways white women sustained twentieth century campaigns for white supremacist politics, continuing well beyond federal legislation outlawing segregation, and draws attention to the role of women in grassroots politics of the 20th century."--Provided by publisher.
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id8a53bc4b-1d46-9f97-708d-88f606259341
isbn019027171
9780190271718
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b20120023.i21656009Columbia Pike Adult Nonfiction305.568 MCRAE1falsefalseIn TransitOct 13, 2019oan
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-10-14T08:47:17.368Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington305.568 MCRAE
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike
primary_isbn9780190271718
publishDate2018
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b20120023BookBooksEnglishOxford University Press, c2018.xiv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b20120023.i21656009In TransitIn Transitfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetRace discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Segregation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
White supremacy movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Women, White -- Political activity -- United States -- History
Women, White -- United States -- Attitudes -- History -- 20th century
Women, White -- United States -- Social life and customs -- History -- 20th century
title_displayMothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy
title_fullMothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy / Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
title_shortMothers of massive resistance
title_subwhite women and the politics of white supremacy