Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  292 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Glenda Gilmore explores the pivotal and interconnected roles played by gender and race in North Carolina politics from the period immediately preceding the disfranchisement of black men in 1900 to the time black and white women gained the vote in 1920. Gender and Jim Crow argues that the ideology of white supremacy embodied in the Jim Crow laws of the turn of the century p...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published September 23rd 1996 by University of North Carolina Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Gender and Jim Crow, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Gender and Jim Crow

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 726)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
While there are many interesting things discussed in this book, the main argument is not quite convincing given the evidence provided. In most cases, the central argument is proven by speculative claims interpreting silence or non-existent sources. The chosen African-American family, the Pettey family, is quite exceptional rather than representative. The family's context and connection to the broader African-American community is largely absent.

That being said, the historical events surrounding...more
another read for class...
she does employ very descriptive and evocative metaphors, which made the book bearable...
The Progressive Era from a black female middle-class perspective. Very good scholarship.
David Bates
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore’s 1996 study of North Carolina from the last years of the 19th century to the first decades of the 20th examines the interplay of gender, race and class in the establishment of the state’s Jim Crow regime. Following a small cadre of well-educated middle class black families, she argues for the centrality of gender to the political justifications for disfranchisement of black men which ended competitive party politics in the state, and for the key role of black women in a...more
Gilmore examines the interplay between gender and race in the construction of the Jim Crow era. Focusing her study on the period between the disfranchisement of African American males and women's enfranchisement, Gilmore argues that African American women played an operative role in furthering African American politic rights. Subverting socio-economic positions to political ends, African American women transformed the violence of white supremacy toward a non-violent and political factionalism.
I would say that this book is a must-read for anyone interested in women's history and/or African American history. Gilmore expertly interprets her sources, and she weaves together an incredible narrative in the process.
This book has a lot of facts. Interesting but had the dry and boring stuff too. It's for learning not entertainment. Nicely put together. I wish the text wasn't so jammed together because it felt like my eyes never got a break.
It's both depressing and hopeful that Jim Crow was not an inevitable result of Reconstruction.
Amy Hearth
An academic book with a narrow but important focus.
Temeka Jones
Temeka Jones marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2014
Lina marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
Tony Peterson
Tony Peterson marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
Pete Busche
Pete Busche marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
G is currently reading it
Sep 13, 2014
Christi marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2014
Stephanie Balcaitis
Stephanie Balcaitis marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2014
James Campbell
James Campbell marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2014
Alexis marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2014
Idaishe Zhou
Idaishe Zhou marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 24 25 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
  • Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
  • To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War
  • Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917
  • Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, And The Black Working Class
  • A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
  • City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
  • Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market
  • Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present
  • Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
  • Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era
  • Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
  • Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South
  • Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
  • Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York
  • Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
  • The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class
  • Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy
Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights: 1919-1950 Who Were the Progressives? Who Were the Progressives? and Souls of Black Folk and Scopes Trial and: Confronting Southern Poverty and Era of Franklin D. Roosevelt Who Were the Progressives? & When Did Southern Segregation Begin? Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (Gender and American Culture)

Share This Book