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EBOOK ´ Southern Horrors ¶ Crystal N. Feimster

Southern Horrors Between 1880 and 1930 close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South Many were tarred and feathered burned whipped or raped In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy a world violently divided by race gender and class black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power brokers Crystal Feimster breaks new ground in her story of the racial politics of the postbellum South by focusing on the volatile issue of sexual violencePairing the lives of two Southern women Ida B Wel Southern Horrors is an engrossing history of women's activism in the United States Using the lives of white southerner Rebecca Latimer Felton and black antilynching crusader Ida B Wells as lenses Feimster shows how our nation's color line has influenced women's political choices Feimster demonstrates for example how white women in the South were empowered by pro lynching rhetoric because it gave them ways to justify their political work which would have otherwise been seen as inappropriate not lady like Feimster also provides the most complete account of the history of the lynching of women—black and white—available But she does not simply offer information Her analysis addresses the intersections of race gender and class in ways that can help us understand the troubling similarities between the historical moment that she examines and our own Feimster's research is impeccable but the book is also clear and easy to read Those not interested in the footnotes will enjoy it and learn much I read the book from cover to cover By the time I reached the end I was struck by how much of a tribute the last chapter especially is to Ida B Wells and all that she did to change national assumptions about racial violence Feimster's awareness of the sacrifices made by previous generations of women informs the entire study and you can feel it with the care of not only the research but also the precision of the prose A truly compelling study A fabulous example of what scholarly books can be

Crystal N. Feimster ¶ Southern Horrors TEXT

Ls who fearlessly branded lynching a white tool of political terror against southern blacks and Rebecca Latimer Felton who urged white men to prove their manhood by lynching black men accused of raping white women Feimster makes visible the ways in which black and white women sought protection and political power in the New South While Wells was black and Felton was white both were journalists temperance women suffragists and anti rape activists By placing their concerns at the center of southern politics Feimster illuminates a criti The material in Southern Horrors is heavy but the book itself isn't I don't mean that it downplays the injustices it describes or fails to acknowledge the horror of lynching but that Feimster handles information with expertise More than anything else she imparts information The information speaks for itself most of the time and her interventions are insightful and interesting I guess I should also say that the subtitle is doing a lot of heavy lifting this isn't a book about lynching or rape exactly but about the way Ida Wells Barnett and Rebecca Felton represented and shaped the discussion of rape and lynching in the political sphere It was an immensely interesting read and I was impressed at how deftly Feimster handled the topic

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READER Æ DOC Southern Horrors 9780674035621 FREE Ò Between 1880 and 1930 close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South Many were tarred and feathered burned whipped or raped In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy a world violently divided by race gender and class black and white Cal and novel aspect of southern racial and sexual dynamics Despite being on opposite sides of the lynching uestion both Wells and Felton sought protection from sexual violence and political empowerment for womenSouthern Horrors provides a startling view into the Jim Crow South where the precarious and subordinate position of women linked black and white anti rape activists together in fragile political alliances It is a story that reveals how the complex drama of political power race and sex played out in the lives of Southern women Definitely not a fun summer beach read kind of book