Race and Class in the American South Since 1890

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A clear and accessible overview of the 20th century history of the American South. Topics covered include labour, intellectual and women's history as well as an analysis of the impact of Federal government policy on economic and social affairs. While embracing several fields, the authors all address the same theme: the slow loss of Southern distinctiveness and the effect this process has had on issues of race and class.

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Overview

A clear and accessible overview of the 20th century history of the American South. Topics covered include labour, intellectual and women's history as well as an analysis of the impact of Federal government policy on economic and social affairs. While embracing several fields, the authors all address the same theme: the slow loss of Southern distinctiveness and the effect this process has had on issues of race and class.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Issues of immense importance pervade every chapter...It seems likely that this volume will be a standby for students and teachers for years to come. It is conclusive, if too often distressing, proof that the history of the South is not yet an exhausted topic...The great merits of Race and Class in the American South since 1890 owe everything to old-fashioned scholarship and intellectual honesty." —TLS

"... based on wide reading and a sophisticated understanding of the issues involved." —Vernon J. Williams, Professor of History, Purdue University, USA

"Rick Halpern's insightful historiographical essay in Race and Class is a helpful introduction to the current state of scholarly opinion on this topic. A practitioner of the so-called new labour history, Halpern proves a reliable and objective guide to the ways in which recent works by Michael Honey, Joe Trotter and Ronald Lewis have advanced our understanding of 1930s labour radicalism beyond the position staked out by exponents of the more traditional elite-focused history." —Labour History Review

"From the editors' introduction to the closing article, the essays in this work deserve the attention of historians, students, public leaders, and readers seeking to understand race relations in the Southern states today...This reviewer's summary of Race and Class is to encourage its addition to libraries of all sorts, to curriculum syllabi, and to the reading lists of all who seek to understand the history of African-Americans and the South. As we confront many of the same issues late in the 20th century, this is indeed a timely and welcome work." —Academic Library Book Review

'Many articles in this volume are especially thought provoking. Collectively they provide varied insights on the specific ways class and race issues uniquely influenced the modern South." —The Jourbanal of American History

'From the editors' introduction to the closing article, the essays in this work deserve the attention of historians, students, public leaders, and readers seeking to understand race relations in the Southern states today. This reviewer's summary of "Race and Class" is to encourage its addition to libraries of all sorts, to curriculum syllabi, and to the reading lists of all who seek to understand the history of African-Americans and the South." —Academic Library Book Review

" ... important and informative reading." —The Jourbanal of Southern History

Booknews
Nine essays represent recent scholarship on the American south over the past century, examining such topics as organized labor, sharecropping, women as social reformers, penitentiaries, writing the history of the civil rights movement, and radical politics. They were presented to the 1992 Commonwealth Fund Conference in London. Paper edition (036-1), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859730362
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/13/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvyn Stokes is a Senior Lecturer in American History, at the University College London.

Rick Halpern is a Lecturer in American History, at the University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 "Through the Rugged Gates of the Penitentiary": Convict Labor and Southern Coal, 1870-1900 3
2 Organized Labor, Black Workers, and the Twentieth Century South: The Emerging Revision 43
3 The Legal Basis of Agrarian Capitalism: The South since 1933 79
4 The Legal System and Sharecropping: An Opposing View 103
5 The Disappearance of Sharecropping: A South African Comparison 111
6 "We were no class at all": Southern Women as Social Reformers 121
7 Black Social Science and Black Politics in the Understanding of the South: DuBois, the Atlanta University Studies, and The Crisis, 1897-1920 139
8 The Role of Intellectual History in the Histories of the Civil Rights Movement 159
9 Racial Politics, Culture and the Cole Incident of 1956 181
Notes on Contributors 209
Index 211
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