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In Black and White: An Interpretation of the South

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“Our problem is not racial, but human and economic. . . . We hold the Negro racially responsible for conditions common to all races on his economic plane.” The writings of reformer Lily Hardy Hammond (1859-1925) are filled with such forthright criticisms of southern white attitudes toward African Americans--enough so that her stature as a southern progressive thinker would ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by University of Georgia Press (first published October 26th 2007)
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Lily Hardy Hammond lambasted upper-middle-class, white Americans for their failure to examine the buttresses of racism (in particular, the absence of universal health care and effective social welfare systems). She wrote many of her speeches and essays within 50 years of the "official" abolition of slavery, criticizing many socioeconomically advantaged white Americans who felt that after slavery ended race relations weren't their problem anymore.

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