Black and White in the Southern States: A Study of the Race Problem in the United States from a South African Point of View

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Reprinted here for the first time since its publication in 1915, Black and White in the Southern States by Maurice S. Evans, a British immigrant to South Africa in 1875 and a founder of the Union of South Africa in 1910, is one of the earliest studies in comparative race relations and the first to connect the experience of the American South experience to that of South Africa. Evans, a perceptive observer and a surprising critic of American race relations, was an objective chronicler of the South during the ...
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Black and white in the southern states; a study of the race problem in the United States from a South African point of view

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Reprinted here for the first time since its publication in 1915, Black and White in the Southern States by Maurice S. Evans, a British immigrant to South Africa in 1875 and a founder of the Union of South Africa in 1910, is one of the earliest studies in comparative race relations and the first to connect the experience of the American South experience to that of South Africa. Evans, a perceptive observer and a surprising critic of American race relations, was an objective chronicler of the South during the segregation era. This work is a synthesis of the observations Evans made as he traveled the southern United States in 1914 to examine race relations. During this trip he investigated southern metropolitan life, industrial relations and the workplace, and social and cultural connections. Evans's study presents a revealing assessment of racial attitudes and ideologies in the Jim Crow era. In his introduction to this edition George M. Fredrickson, the preeminent scholar who defined the field of comparative racial ideologies, analyzes the underlying racist character of Evans's work. Fredrickson places Evans's work in its full intellectual social context.
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William Evans, one of the founders of the Union of South Africa in 1910, details his observations on his trip traveling through the American South in 1914, with the express purpose of studying race relations in the United States in an effort to support his argument for a different kind of segregation in his home country of South Africa. He deeply criticizes American race relations, decrying the brutality of lynchings and Jim Crow, but argues that the problems arose from miscegenation, the aborted efforts of the era of reconstruction to give some political power to blacks, and the fact that whites and black were geographically mixed. He argues that white South Africans should maintain a strict geographic segregation, based on practices already extant in his home state of Natal, in which "natives" would be politically overseen by "benevolent" whites. Also included is an introductory essay which places Evans's text in historical context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570034091
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Introduction
Introduction to the First Edition
I The Question of the Century 1
II Free Discussion 6
III Some Thoughts on Race 10
IV Race Prejudice 17
V The South Land 35
VI The Past, Slavery 44
VII The Past, Reconstruction 49
VIII The White Factor 55
IX The Black Man, with whom is the Part White 83
X What the Negro has Achieved 97
XI Negro Organization - Church and Lodge 114
XII Education, Principally that of the Black Child 123
XIII Education Linked to Life - Hampton and Tuskegee 131
XIV Grievances. The Jim Crow Car 140
XV Political Rights and Wrongs 147
XVI Separation in Schools and Places of Public Resort 155
XVII The Negro before the Court 158
XVIII Personal Injustice 161
XIX Blood Guiltiness 166
XX Blood Admixture - The Sin of the White Man 183
XXI The Basis of Race Hostility 192
XXII The Two Schools 195
XXIII The North - A Voter without a Livelihood 210
XXIV The South - A Livelihood without a Vote 224
XXV City and Country 233
XXVI Living Examples 237
XXVII The Great Opportunity 247
XXVIII Comparisons 260
XXIX Opinions of Others and their Application 265
XXX The Future 271
XXXI For South Africa 280
XXXII Bibliography 284
Index 289
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