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

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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
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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.
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
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 Hill Hearth
An academic book with a narrow but important focus.
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