By Joel Williamson
The Crucible of Race, a massive reinterpretation of black-white kin within the South, used to be greatly acclaimed on e-book and in comparison favorably to 2 of the seminal books on Southern heritage: Wilbur J. Cash's The brain of the South and C. Vann Woodward's The unusual occupation of Jim Crow. Representing two decades of study and writing at the background of the South, The Crucible of Race explores the big subject of Southern race relatives for a span of a century and a part. Oxford is happy to make to be had an abridgement of this guardian quantity: A Rage for Order preserves the entire subject strains that have been complex within the unique quantity and lots of of the person tales. As in Crucible of Race, Williamson the following confronts the bleak irony that the warfare to loose blacks from slavery additionally freed racism. He examines the shift within the strength base of Southern white management after 1850 and recounts the negative violence performed to blacks within the identify of self-protection. This condensation of 1 of crucial interpretations of Southern historical past is available as a way during which a wide viewers can clutch the necessities of black-white relations--a challenge that persists to today and one with which all of us needs to contend--North and South, black and white.
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Extra resources for A Rage for Order: Black-White Relations in the American South since Emancipation (Galaxy Books)
Blacks, being subject to sudden, violent, and often arbitrary punishments from whites, developed a super-sensitivity to the thoughts and moods of others, an interest and a capacity that they conveyed to the white children in their charge. Ultimately, the process was probably much more intricate than one race simply teaching the other. What we have in the South are two cultures in symbiosis, each constantly taking from the other, but each filtering what it takes and absorbing it relative to its special perspectives.
Hampton himself was an honorable man, beyond suspicion of the deceit that his managers assiduously practiced. Even so, Hamptons’ paternalism was severely limited. There were no blacks on his ticket, and what he meant by free ballots was that Negroes would be free to cast their ballots for whomever among their late masters they chose. Before the election, Hampton’s campaign manager Alexander C. Haskell claimed that 7,000 blacks would vote for the Democrats. After the election, he insisted that 9,000 had done so.
Whites could drive free mulattoes out of the South and devalue those who remained, but it soon became clear that they could not halt the alarming proliferation of mulattoes among slaves. In the end, they did in their imagination what they could not do in reality. In the last years of slavery, the white South generated a great mythology about people of mixed blood. One concept in the myth, an idea that took firm root and flourished in the twentieth century, was that one drop of black blood made a person all black.