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Making whiteness : the culture of segregation in the South, 1890-1940

Grace Elizabeth Hale (Author)
Overview: 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. Grace Elizabeth Hale shows how, when faced with the active citizenship of their ex-slaves after the Civil War, white southerners reestablished their dominance through a cultural system based on violence and physical separation. And in 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
Print Book, English, 1998
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Pantheon Books, New York, New York, 1998
xii, 427 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780679442639, 0679442634
Introduction: Producing the ground of difference
No Easy Place Or Time:
Black side of segregation
Necessary space
Double self
Making Blackness
Of my womanhood
I, too, sing America
Lost Causes And Reclaimed Spaces: "History" As The Autobiography Of Southern Whiteness:
Race in the garden
Civil war
Hell that is called Reconstruction
Domestic Reconstruction: White Homes, "Black Mammies," And "New Women:
Passing of the plantation household
Whiteness makes a home
Remembering my old mammy
Motherhood in black and white
White Self, White South
Bounding Consumption: For Colored And For White:
Training the ground of difference
Dixie brand
Segregation signs: racial order in the national market
Shopping between slavery and freedom: general stores
Segregation signs: racial disorder in the Southern market
Deadly Amusements: Spectacle Lynching's And The Contradictions Of Segregation As Culture:
Genealogy of lynching's as modern spectacle
Lynching of Sam Hose
Lynching of Jesse Washington
Lynching of Claude Neal
Meaning of the spectacle
Stone Mountains: Lillian Smith, Margaret Mitchell, And Whiteness Divided:
Segregated youth
White maturity of Stone
Cracks in the mountain
Strong white wind
Seeing the land of difference
Epilogue: American whiteness
Permissions acknowledgments