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Before Jim Crow The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia

ISBN-10: 0807849014
ISBN-13: 9780807849019
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/18/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics. Melding social, cultural, and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the everyday experiences of individual Virginiansfrom their local encounters on the sidewalk, before the magistrate's bench, in the schoolroom. In the process, she reveals the power of black and white southerners to both create and resist new systems of racial discrimination. The story of the Readjusters shows how hard white southerners had to work to establish racial domination after emancipation, and how passionately black southerners fought each and every infringement of their rights as Americans.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Origins of the Readjuster Movement
Expanding the Circle of Honor: The Politics of Patronage
Drawing the Line between Public and Private: Sex, Schools, and Liberalism
Deference and Violence in Danville
Making Black White and White Black: The Politics of Racial Identity
Epilogue: The Voice of the People
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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