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Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940

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Publisher Comments:

Making Whiteness is a profoundly important work that explains how and why whiteness came to be such a crucial, embattled--and distorting--component of twentieth-century American identity. In intricately textured detail and with passionately mastered analysis, Grace Elizabeth Hale shows how, when faced with the active citizenship of their ex-slaves after the Civil War, white southerners re-established their dominance through a cultural system based on violence and physical separation. And in a bold and transformative analysis of the meaning of segregation for the nation as a whole, she explains how white southerners' creation of modern "whiteness" was, beginning in the 1920s, taken up by the rest of the nation as a way of enforcing a new social hierarchy while at the same time creating the illusion of a national, egalitarian, consumerist democracy.

By showing the very recent historical "making" of contemporary American whiteness and by examining how the culture of segregation, in all its murderous contradictions, was lived, Hale makes it possible to imagine a future outside it. Her vision holds out the difficult promise of a truly democratic American identity whose possibilities are no longer limited and disfigured by race.

Book News Annotation:

Hale (American history, U. of Virginia) explains how and why whiteness came to be such a crucial, embattled, and distorting component of 20th-century American identity. She shows how, when faced with the active citizenship of their ex-slaves after the Civil War, white Southerners re-established their dominance through a cultural system based on violence and physical separation. She analyzes the meaning of segregation as a whole, and explains how modern whiteness was taken up by the rest of the nation in the 1920s as a way of enforcing a new social hierarchy. Includes b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Grace Elizabeth Hale is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679442639
Subtitle:
The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940
Author:
Hale, Grace Elizabeth
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Whites -- Race identity -- Southern States.
Subject:
Whites -- Southern States -- Race identity.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.53x6.44x1.40 in. 1.70 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » US History » General

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