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Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970

Anne Stefani


This book studies the experiences and evolution of a significant number of white southern women who confronted white supremacy in the South between the 1920s and the 1960s. For white women reformers, involvement in the struggle for African Americans' civil rights accompanied their own complex process of personal emancipation from gender and racial norms. This study examines in depth the paradoxical identity of these women. As members of the white community in the segregationist South, they belonged to the “oppressor” group. Yet, as women in a patriarchal society, they could also be considered ... More

Keywords: White southern women, White supremacy, Gender norms, Racial norms, White patriarchy, South, Brown decision, Segregation, Civil rights movement, Anti-racist activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060767
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Stefani, author
University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès