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Whiteness Studies

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The Construction of Whiteness

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2017

This volume collects interdisciplinary essays that examine the crucial intersection between whiteness as a privileged racial category and the various material ...

Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement

In 1963, the Sunday after four black girls were killed by a bomb in a Birmingham church, George William Floyd, a Church of Christ minister, preached a sermon based on the Golden Rule. He pronounced that ...

Joe T. Patterson and the White South's Dilemma

By Robert E. Luckett
Categories: History

As Mississippi's attorney general from 1956 to 1969, Joe T. Patterson led the legal defense for Jim Crow in the state. He was inaugurated for his first term two months before the launch of the Sovereignty ...

The Souls of White Folk

The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness is the first study to consider the substantial body of African American writing that critiques whiteness as social construction and ...

Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination

By Jonathan W. Gray
Categories: Literature

The statement, "The civil rights movement changed America," though true, has become something of a cliché. Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination seeks to determine how, exactly, the movement ...

Faulkner and Whiteness

Edited by Jay Watson
Categories: Literature

William Faulkner wrote during a tumultuous period in southern racial consciousness, between the years of the enactment of Jim Crow and the beginnings of the civil rights movement in the South. Throughout ...

You Must Be from the North

By Kimberly K Little
Categories: History

"You must be from the North," was a common, derogatory reaction to the activities of white women throughout the South, well-meaning wives and mothers who joined together to improve schools or local sanitation ...

Transformed

In May 1964, Bill McAtee became the new minister at Columbia Presbyterian Church, deep in the Piney Woods of south Mississippi. Soon after his arrival, three young civil rights workers were brutally murdered ...

Straight White Male

Mass media images of the male are central to popular culture. This book analyzes a genre known as "performance art monologues" as presented by white heterosexual men. Its focus is stand-up comedians and ...

Black Writers, White Publishers

Jean Toomer's Cane was advertised as “a book about Negroes by a Negro,” despite his request not to promote the book along such racial lines. Nella Larsen switched the title of her second novel from ...