Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970

Anne Stefani


Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970

Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970

  • Title: Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970
  • Author: Anne Stefani
  • ISBN: 9780813055251
  • Page: 398
  • Format: ebook



An eye opening account of southern white women who worked to challenge racial segregation Highly recommended Choice Brings to life a small but important group of women who worked hard to change the South It will help to fully explicate the motivation and experiences of women willing to challenge expected behavior in order to bring racial justice to An eye opening account of southern white women who worked to challenge racial segregation Highly recommended Choice Brings to life a small but important group of women who worked hard to change the South It will help to fully explicate the motivation and experiences of women willing to challenge expected behavior in order to bring racial justice to the region and the nation American Historical Review Stefani does a stellar job of chronicling southern white women s confrontation with segregation and white supremacy A welcome contribution to the growing historiography of little known civil rights heroines North Carolina Historical Review An intriguing narrative of women whose lives were dramatically shaped by their work in such actions as the Little Rock Central High School desegregation campaign in 1957, the Albany movement in 1961, and Freedom Summer in 1964 Journal of American History Extensively researched A valuable resource for anyone studying white southern women, women s civil rights activism, and women s activism across race, religion, and time Journal of Southern History Stefani redefines the proverbial southern lady with a close look at over fifty white, anti racist women Concentrating on traits that linked these women across two generations, Unlikely Dissenters provides the first comprehensive study of how these southern women both employed and destroyed a stereotype Gail S Murray, editor of Throwing Off the Cloak of Privilege Between 1920 and 1970, a small but significant number of white women confronted white supremacy and the segregationist system in the American South, incontrovertibly contributing to its demise Using the 1954 Brown decision as a pivot, Unlikely Dissenters examines and compares two generations of white women who spoke out against Jim Crow while remaining deeply attached to their native South.For many white women reformers, the struggle for African American civil rights was linked to their own complex process of personal emancipation from gender norms As part of the white community, southern white women felt guilt as members of the oppressor group Yet as women in a patriarchal society, they were also victims This paradoxical double identity forced them to develop a special brand of activism that combatted white supremacy while emancipating them from white patriarchy In this book, Anne Stefani shows how their unique grassroots community oriented activism functioned within and even used to its advantage southern standards of respectability.


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