White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism / Edition 1

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism / Edition 1

by Kevin M. Kruse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691133867

ISBN-13: 9780691133867

Pub. Date: 07/09/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During the civil rights era, Atlanta thought of itself as "The City Too Busy to Hate," a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: "The City Too Busy Moving to Hate."

In this reappraisal of racial politics

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Overview

During the civil rights era, Atlanta thought of itself as "The City Too Busy to Hate," a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: "The City Too Busy Moving to Hate."

In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of "white flight" in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.

Challenging the conventional wisdom that white flight meant nothing more than a literal movement of whites to the suburbs, this book argues that it represented a more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved. In a provocative revision of postwar American history, Kruse demonstrates that traditional elements of modern conservatism, such as hostility to the federal government and faith in free enterprise, underwent important transformations during the postwar struggle over segregation. Likewise, white resistance gave birth to several new conservative causes, like the tax revolt, tuition vouchers, and privatization of public services. Tracing the journey of southern conservatives from white supremacy to white suburbia, Kruse locates the origins of modern American politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133867
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/09/2007
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
392,267
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 3

CHAPTER ONE: "The City oo Busy to Hate": Atlanta and the Politics of Progress 19

CHAPTER TWO: From Radicalism to "Respectability": Race, Residence, and Segregationist Strategy 42

C HAPTER THREE: From Community to Individuality: Race, Residence, and Segregationist Ideology 78

CHAPTER FOUR: The Abandonment of Public Space: Desegregation, Privatization, and the ax Revolt 105

CHAPTER FIVE: The "Second Battle of Atlanta": Massive Resistance and the Divided Middle Class 131

CHAPTER SIX: The Fight for "Freedom of Association": School Desegregation and White Withdrawal 161

CHAPTER SEVEN: Collapse of the Coalition: Sit-Ins and the Business Rebellion 180

CHAPTER EIGHT: "The Law of the Land": Federal Intervention and the Civil Rights Act 205

CHAPTER NINE: City Limits: Urban Separatism and Suburban Secession 234

EPILOGUE: The Legacies of White Flight 259

List of Abbreviations 267

Notes 269

Index 313

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