Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching

Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching

by Crystal N. Feimster
     
 

Between 1880 and 1930, close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South. Many more were tarred and feathered, burned, whipped, or raped. In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy, a world violently divided by race, gender, and class, black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power brokers. Crystal

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Between 1880 and 1930, close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South. Many more were tarred and feathered, burned, whipped, or raped. In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy, a world violently divided by race, gender, and class, black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power brokers. Crystal Feimster breaks new ground in her story of the racial politics of the postbellum South by focusing on the volatile issue of sexual violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035621
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction In Black and White 1

1 The Horrors of War 7

2 The Violent Transition from Freedom to Segregation 37

3 Southern White Women and the Anti-Rape Movement 62

4 Organizing in Defense of Black Womanhood 87

5 New Southern Women and the Triumph of White Supremacy 125

6 The Lynching of Black and White Women 158

7 Equal Rights for Southern Women 186

8 The Gender and Racial Politics of the Anti-Lynching Movement 212

Appendix List of Female Victims of Lynching 235

Notes 241

Acknowledgments 299

Index 303

Illustrations follow page 124

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