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

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

American Prospect - Ronald Brownstein
In White Flight, a study of white resistance to desegregation in Atlanta, Kruse produces a panoramic and engaging portrayal of the struggle over desegregation.
Journal of American History - Jeff Roche
An ambitious, well-researched, and interesting study, White Flight offers a provocative examination of the connections between race and conservative politics.
Times-Picayune - Jonathan Tilove
Kruse presents a nuanced portrayal of the trends that fostered the growth of the suburbs and the casting aside of racist demagoguery.
New Political Science - R. Claire Snyder
White Flight provides a detailed yet fascinating history of right-wing backlash against the civil rights movement that has relevance not only for historians but also for political scientists. Kevin Kruse's study deserves a wide reading.
Urban History Review - Kristen O'Hare
In his book, Kevin Kruse analyzes the ideology accompanying white flight and its ongoing impact on American politics. . . . In a beautifully written, clearly structured, and deeply researched narrative, Kruse lays out the historical processes that led to the development of modern conservatism.
Nashville Scene - Clay Risen
Kruse's ultimate success lies in using history to answer contemporary political questions, and without compromising his professional standards.
Perspectives on Politics - Kimberley S. Johnson
In Kruse's skillful hands, Atlanta's struggle over integration takes on many of the characteristics of low-level urban warfare. . . . Kruse illuminates a key phase in American political development.
Southern Historian - Jensen E. Branscombe
Kruse provides a useful resource in the debate over the significance of race in politics. His book is thoroughly researched and well written. Students interested in modern politics and Civil Rights histories alike would greatly benefit from this work.
American Prospect
In White Flight, a study of white resistance to desegregation in Atlanta, Kruse produces a panoramic and engaging portrayal of the struggle over desegregation.
— Ronald Brownstein
Journal of American History
An ambitious, well-researched, and interesting study, White Flight offers a provocative examination of the connections between race and conservative politics.
— Jeff Roche
Times-Picayune
Kruse presents a nuanced portrayal of the trends that fostered the growth of the suburbs and the casting aside of racist demagoguery.
— Jonathan Tilove
New Political Science
White Flight provides a detailed yet fascinating history of right-wing backlash against the civil rights movement that has relevance not only for historians but also for political scientists. Kevin Kruse's study deserves a wide reading.
— R. Claire Snyder
Urban History Review
In his book, Kevin Kruse analyzes the ideology accompanying white flight and its ongoing impact on American politics. . . . In a beautifully written, clearly structured, and deeply researched narrative, Kruse lays out the historical processes that led to the development of modern conservatism.
— Kristen O'Hare
Nashville Scene
Kruse's ultimate success lies in using history to answer contemporary political questions, and without compromising his professional standards.
— Clay Risen
Perspectives on Politics
In Kruse's skillful hands, Atlanta's struggle over integration takes on many of the characteristics of low-level urban warfare. . . . Kruse illuminates a key phase in American political development.
— Kimberley S. Johnson
Southern Historian
Kruse provides a useful resource in the debate over the significance of race in politics. His book is thoroughly researched and well written. Students interested in modern politics and Civil Rights histories alike would greatly benefit from this work.
— Jensen E. Branscombe
From the Publisher
Co-Winner of the 2007 Best Book Award, Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
Winner of the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association
Winner of the 2007 Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for the Best Book in Georgia History, Georgia Historical Society

"In White Flight, a study of white resistance to desegregation in Atlanta, Kruse produces a panoramic and engaging portrayal of the struggle over desegregation."—Ronald Brownstein, American Prospect

"An ambitious, well-researched, and interesting study, White Flight offers a provocative examination of the connections between race and conservative politics."—Jeff Roche, Journal of American History

"Kruse presents a nuanced portrayal of the trends that fostered the growth of the suburbs and the casting aside of racist demagoguery."—Jonathan Tilove, Times-Picayune

"White Flight provides a detailed yet fascinating history of right-wing backlash against the civil rights movement that has relevance not only for historians but also for political scientists. Kevin Kruse's study deserves a wide reading."—R. Claire Snyder, New Political Science

"In his book, Kevin Kruse analyzes the ideology accompanying white flight and its ongoing impact on American politics. . . . In a beautifully written, clearly structured, and deeply researched narrative, Kruse lays out the historical processes that led to the development of modern conservatism."—Kristen O'Hare, Urban History Review

"Kruse's ultimate success lies in using history to answer contemporary political questions, and without compromising his professional standards."—Clay Risen, Nashville Scene

"In Kruse's skillful hands, Atlanta's struggle over integration takes on many of the characteristics of low-level urban warfare. . . . Kruse illuminates a key phase in American political development."—Kimberley S. Johnson, Perspectives on Politics

"Kruse provides a useful resource in the debate over the significance of race in politics. His book is thoroughly researched and well written. Students interested in modern politics and Civil Rights histories alike would greatly benefit from this work."—Jensen E. Branscombe, Southern Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691133867
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Series: Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 263,489
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is associate professor of history at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "The city too busy to hate" : Atlanta and the politics of progress 19
Ch. 2 From radicalism to "respectability" : race, residence, and segregationist strategy 42
Ch. 3 From community to individuality : race, residence, and segregationist ideology 78
Ch. 4 The abandonment of public space : desegregation, privatization, and the tax revolt 105
Ch. 5 The "second battle of Atlanta" : massive resistance and the divided middle class 131
Ch. 6 The fight for "freedom of association" : school desegregation and white withdrawal 161
Ch. 7 Collapse of the coalition : sit-ins and the business rebellion 180
Ch. 8 "The law of the land" : federal intervention and the Civil Rights Act 205
Ch. 9 City limits : urban separatism and suburban secession 234
Epilogue : the legacies of white flight 259
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