The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow

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"The Rural Face of White Supremacy is a detailed study of the daily experiences of ordinary people in rural Hancock County, Georgia. Drawing on his own interviews with over two hundred black and white residents, Mark Schultz depicts the rhythms of work, social interaction, violence, power, and paternalism in a setting much different from the more widely studied postbellum urban South." "By acting on the basis of personal rather than institutional relationships, Schultz argues, Hancock County residents experienced more fluid interactions and more
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"The Rural Face of White Supremacy is a detailed study of the daily experiences of ordinary people in rural Hancock County, Georgia. Drawing on his own interviews with over two hundred black and white residents, Mark Schultz depicts the rhythms of work, social interaction, violence, power, and paternalism in a setting much different from the more widely studied postbellum urban South." "By acting on the basis of personal rather than institutional relationships, Schultz argues, Hancock County residents experienced more fluid interactions and more freedom than their urban counterparts had. This freedom created a space for interracial relationships that included mixed housing, midwifery, church services, meals, and even common-law marriages." These relationships were both intimate and hierarchical and marked by personal, sexual, and economic violence; more important, they were far more complex than the conveniently efficient and modern ideal of Jim Crow.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252029608
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a place in time 1
1 "Friendship was better than money" 13
2 The other rural workers : landowning and working for cash 44
3 Beyond segregation : the outlines of interracial social relations in rural Hancock 66
4 The solid south and the permissive south 97
5 Race, violence, and power in a personal culture 131
6 Paternalism and patronage : public power in a personal culture 175
Epilogue : the rise of "public work" 205
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