Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy / Edition 1

Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy / Edition 1

by Stephen Kantrowitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807848395

ISBN-13: 9780807848395

Pub. Date: 04/24/2000

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Through the life of Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918), South Carolina's self-styled agrarian rebel, this book traces the history of white male supremacy and its discontents from the era of plantation slavery to the age of Jim Crow.

As an anti-Reconstruction guerrilla, Democratic activist, South Carolina governor, and U.S. senator, Tillman offered a vision of

Overview

Through the life of Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918), South Carolina's self-styled agrarian rebel, this book traces the history of white male supremacy and its discontents from the era of plantation slavery to the age of Jim Crow.

As an anti-Reconstruction guerrilla, Democratic activist, South Carolina governor, and U.S. senator, Tillman offered a vision of reform that was proudly white supremacist. In the name of white male militance, productivity, and solidarity, he justified lynching and disfranchised most of his state's black voters. His arguments and accomplishments rested on the premise that only productive and virtuous white men should govern and that federal power could never be trusted. Over the course of his career, Tillman faced down opponents ranging from agrarian radicals to aristocratic conservatives, from woman suffragists to black Republicans. His vision and his voice shaped the understandings of millions and helped create the violent, repressive world of the Jim Crow South.

Friend and foe alike—and generations of historians—interpreted Tillman's physical and rhetorical violence in defense of white supremacy as a matter of racial and gender instinct. This book instead reveals that Tillman's white supremacy was a political program and social argument whose legacies continue to shape American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807848395
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/24/2000
Series:
The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ben Tillman, Agrarian Rebel
1 Mastery and Its Discontents
2 Planters and "the Gentleman from Africa"
3 The Shotgun Wedding of White Supremacy and Reform
4 Farmers, Dudes, White Negroes, and the Sun-Browned Goddess
5 The Mob and the State
6 Every White Man Who Is Worthy of a Vote
7 The Uses of a Pitchfork
8 Demagogues and Disordered Households
Epilogue: The Reconstruction of American Democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Illustrations
Map of South Carolina in the 1880s
Tillman in his thirties
"Leaders of the Farmers' Movement"
Tillman as a U.S. senator
Sallie Starke Tillman
"Senator Tillman's Allegorical Cows"
"Senator Tillman to tell the difference between black and white"
Montage of Tillman
Photograph from which the image of Tillman in the montage was cropped
Tillman before an audience
"The 'Three Joes'"
Tillman in his last decade

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