Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy
Why does white supremacist politics in America remain so powerful? Elizabeth Gillespie McRae argues that the answer lies with white women.
Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, Mothers of Massive Resistance examines the grassroots workers who upheld the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow. For decades in rural communities, in university towns, and in N...more
There are some problems with it though. It's a powerful group of stories, but it rarely shifts outward for context or even more d ...more
McRae tells the story of women in favor of white supremacy from the late 1800s into the 1970s. She focuses on ways women organized to push a whites-only agenda, how they altered textbo ...more
Because so much of Jim Crow fell into the milieu of women, women were integral to c ...more
Dr. Elizabeth Gillespie McRae's work is a comprehensive, well-researched treatise on the role white women played in the politics of Southern segregation from the 1920's-1970's. McRae focuses on four women who influenced multitudes of others through their writing and political activism:
North Carolina journalist, Nell Battle Lewis
Mississippi newspaper editor Mary Dawson Caine
South Carolina political activist Cornelia Dabney Tucker
Mississippi columnist Florence Sillers Ogden.
Since I am unable to s ...more
It felt like a text book. I'd probably give it more of 3 stars, but for the amount of work and being readable, I'll give it 4.
I was expecting something a bit more digestible. It can be very dense, especially as the points it's getting across are simple (white women omen upholding white supremacy patriarchy because it's how they define themselves, how the US was fighting the Nazis, despite both taking a page out of the eugenics book, using 'freedom' or 'busing' as an ex ...more
Women have always influenced American politics an ...more
The book examined the 'gardening' white women did to maintain white supremacy during the 20th century up until 1970. Because it was so good at helping the reader see through the euphemisms white women used to re ...more
It's a book that I struggled to get through - much of it feels meandering, moving from one incident to another without meaningful conne ...more
The concept was fascinating to see the roles these women occupied and how they used them to uphold Jim Crow. From deciding the r ...more