Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy

ISBN-10: 0807848395
ISBN-13: 9780807848395
Edition: 2000
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Description: Through the life of Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918), South Carolina's self-styled agrarian rebel, this book traces the history of white male supremacy and its discontents from the era of plantation slavery to the age of Jim Crow. As an  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Through the life of Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918), South Carolina's self-styled agrarian rebel, this book traces the history of white male supremacy and its discontents from the era of plantation slavery to the age of Jim Crow. As an anti-Reconstruction guerrilla, Democratic activist, South Carolina governor, and U.S. senator, Tillman offered a vision of reform that was proudly white supremacist. In the name of white male militance, productivity, and solidarity, he justified lynching and disfranchised most of his state's black voters. His arguments and accomplishments rested on the premise that only productive and virtuous white men should govern and that federal power could never be trusted. Over the course of his career, Tillman faced down opponents ranging from agrarian radicals to aristocratic conservatives, from woman suffragists to black Republicans. His vision and his voice shaped the understandings of millions and helped create the violent, repressive world of the Jim Crow South. Friend and foe alikeand generations of historiansinterpreted Tillman's physical and rhetorical violence in defense of white supremacy as a matter of racial and gender instinct. This book instead reveals that Tillman's white supremacy was a political program and social argument whose legacies continue to shape American life.

Stephen Kantrowitz is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 and Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy .

Introduction
Mastery and Its Discontents
Planters and ""theGentlemanfrom Africa""
The Shotgun Wedding of White Supremacy and Reform
Farmers, Dudes, White Negroes, and the Sun-Browned Goddess
The Mob and the State
Every White Man Who Is Worthy of a Vote
The Uses of a Pitchfork
Demagogues and Disordered Households
Epilogue: The Reconstruction of American Democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Illustrations
Map of South Carolina in the 1880s
Tillman in his

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