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

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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 Americanidentity. 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, whitesoutherners 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 awhole, 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 sametime creating the illusion of a national, egalitarian, consumerist democracy.

By showing the very recent historical making of contemporary American whiteness and by examining how theculture 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 whosepossibilities are no longer limited and disfigured by race.

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

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307487933
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Author:
Hale, Grace Elizabeth
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social Science : Minority Studies - General
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Social Science : Discrimination & Racism
Publication Date:
August 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
448

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940
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"Synopsis" by , Grace Elizabeth Hale is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Virginia.  She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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