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Author Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth.

Title Gender and Jim Crow : women and the politics of white supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 / Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.089 GILM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 384 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series Gender and American culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-373) and index.
Contents 1. Place and Possibility -- 2. Race and Womanhood -- 3. Race and Manhood -- 4. Sex and Violence in Procrustes's Bed -- 5. No Middle Ground -- 6. Diplomatic Women -- 7. Forging Interracial Links -- 8. Women and Ballots.
Summary 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 profoundly reordered society and that within this environment, black women crafted an enduring tradition of political activism.
According to Gilmore, a generation of educated African American women emerged in the 1890s to become, in effect, diplomats to the white community after the disfranchisement of their husbands, brothers, and fathers. Using the lives of African American women to tell the larger story, Gilmore chronicles black women's political strategies, their feminism, and their efforts to forge political ties with white women. Her analysis highlights the active role played by women of both races in the political process and in the emergence of southern progressivism. In addition, Gilmore illuminates the manipulation of concepts of gender by white supremacists and how this rhetoric changed once women, black and white, gained the vote.
Subject African American women -- North Carolina -- Political activity.
African American women -- North Carolina -- History.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- North Carolina.
North Carolina -- Race relations.
North Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
ISBN 0807845965 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0807822876 (cloth : alk. paper)