Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching

by Crystal N. Feimster
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ISBN-13: 9780674061859
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 345,545
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Crystal N. Feimster is Associate Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and History at Yale University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: In Black and White
  • 1. The Horrors of War
  • 2. The Violent Transition from Freedom to Segregation
  • 3. Southern White Women and the Anti-rape Movement
  • 4. Organizing in Defense of Black Womanhood
  • 5. New Southern Women and the Triumph of White Supremacy
  • 6. The Lynching of Black and White Women
  • 7. Equal Rights for Southern Women
  • 8. The Gender and Racial Politics of the Anti-lynching Movement
  • Appendix: List of Female Victims of Lynching

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Southern Horrors, an impressive achievement, expands and deepens our understanding of the sexual and racial politics of the American South. Through the public careers of two women and a cast of thousands, Crystal Feimster compels us to grapple with the full dimensions of an American tragedy and the movements for change it set in motion.

Suzanne Lebsock

Thoughtful and engaging, Crystal Feimster's Southern Horrors forces us to rethink women's history and the history of the American South. Accessible to students and general readers, this powerful story is told with originality and sophistication.
Suzanne Lebsock, author of A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial

Leon F. Litwack

Southern Horrors, an impressive achievement, expands and deepens our understanding of the sexual and racial politics of the American South. Through the public careers of two women and a cast of thousands, Crystal Feimster compels us to grapple with the full dimensions of an American tragedy and the movements for change it set in motion.
Leon F. Litwack, author of Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow

Darlene Clark Hine

Feimster's compelling, and profoundly unsettling, history of rape and lynching illuminates the gendered racial politics of sexual violence in the aftermath of Emancipation.
Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

Timothy B. Tyson

Feimster traces the lives of two political incendiaries, Ida B. Wells and Rebecca Felton, who illuminate the landscape of American race and gender politics. Brilliantly analytical, strikingly well-narrated, this monumental book masters theme and story to reveal heretofore hidden histories of the women who both played and transformed the politics of rape and lynching in the New South.
Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore

Southern Horrors, a chilling tale that has been largely suppressed until now, exposes lynching as a gendered phenomenon in which southern women played a central role as actors and as victims. This is a breakthrough analysis of the role that lynching served in southern political culture.
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

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