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A Rage for Order: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation

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The Crucible of Race, a major reinterpretation of black-white relations in the South, was widely acclaimed on publication and compared favorably to two of the seminal books on Southern history: Wilbur J. Cash's The Mind of the South and C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow. Representing 20 years of research and writing on the history of the South, The Crucible ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jim
Sep 23, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
In A Rage for Order: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation, Joel Williamson takes a unique look at southern racial violence, noting that “one of the great ironies of American history…[is that]…when the nation freed the slaves, it also freed racism.” (Williamson, 78) This resulted he argues, in physical and cultural segregation, and the unleashing of some of the most sadistic racial violence seen since the end of the Civil War.

Williamson begins his work with a brief revie
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James
Apr 19, 2016 James rated it really liked it
An important book for many reasons, this work really gets to core elements of many things - how the social history, legal history, and a host of other elements of society in the American South interacted to oppress, organically control, free, regulate various elements of the population. It is a book dense with ideas - bringing in the idea of gender and pedestals, visible and invisible elements of ethnicity, the idea of passing or not, family and connectivity, racism, Jim Crow, and so much more. ...more
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"...one of the awful ironies of American history: that the war which was fought to free blacks also freed racism." In Williamson's abridged treatment of THE CRUCIBLE OF RACE, he explores the formation of racial attitudes unique from those that existed during the antebellum era in which slavery persisted. Following emancipation, Reconstruction, and preceding the Progressive Era, southern whites asserted their political and social powers to redefine the role of the freedmen (former slaves) in thei ...more
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Professor Williamson is interested in southern culture in the twentieth century broadly conceived. He has a continuing interest in Margaret Mitchell and a developing interest in Tennessee Williams. He is currently working on a book about Elvis Presley.

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