Growing up Jim Crow How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race

ISBN-10: 0807856843
ISBN-13: 9780807856840
Edition: 2006
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Description: In the segregated South of the early twentieth century, unwritten rules guided every aspect of individual behavior, from how blacks and whites stood, sat, ate, drank, walked, and talked to whether they made eye contact with one another. Jennifer  More...

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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430

In the segregated South of the early twentieth century, unwritten rules guided every aspect of individual behavior, from how blacks and whites stood, sat, ate, drank, walked, and talked to whether they made eye contact with one another. Jennifer Ritterhouse asks how children learned this racial "etiquette," which was sustained by coercion and the threat of violence. More broadly, she asks how individuals developed racial self-consciousness. Parental instruction was an important factor--both white parents' reinforcement of a white supremacist worldview and black parents' oppositional lessons in respectability and race pride. Children also learned much from their interactions across race lines. The fact that black youths were often eager to stand up for themselves, despite the risks, suggests that the emotional underpinnings of the civil rights movement were in place long before the historical moment when change became possible. Meanwhile, a younger generation of whites continued to enforce traditional patterns of domination and deference in private, while also creating an increasingly elaborate system of segregation in public settings. Exploring relationships between public and private and between segregation, racial etiquette, and racial violence,Growing Up Jim Crowsheds new light on tradition and change in the South and the meanings of segregation within southern culture.

Jennifer Ritterhouse is associate professor of history at Utah State University. She is editor of Sarah Patton Boyle's The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian's Stand in Time of Transition and coeditor of the award-winning Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Forgotten Alternatives
The Etiquette of Race Relations
Carefully Taught
I Knew Then Who I Was
Playing and Fighting
Adolescence
Conclusion: Children of the Sun
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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