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Unlikely DissentersWhite Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970$
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Anne Stefani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060767

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060767.001.0001

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A Peculiar Brand of Feminism

A Peculiar Brand of Feminism

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Unlikely Dissenters

Anne Stefani

University Press of Florida

The final chapter discusses the persistent distinctiveness of white southern women in American society and culture in the late 1960s. Although the white women who participated in the civil rights movement became feminists, they distinguished themselves from the main feminist trends of the 1970s. The reasons for this are to be found in their southern identity. The chapter examines the women's relationship to their native region, emphasizing the inherent tension between their dissenting stance, and their attachment, even loyalty, to the South. This applies to both generations, whose members kept affirming their southernness while combatting segregation, grounding their action in their native culture. Their distinctiveness reasserted itself during the 1960s, their southern background making them aware of the intersection of race, gender, and to a lesser extent class, in the shaping of their identities. Most non-southern white women did not share this awareness. Consequently, unlike many non-southern feminists who gave priority to fighting patriarchy in the 1970s, the women studied here remained highly sensitive to racism and economic injustice while embracing the cause of gender equality. In refusing to give priority to either race, sex, or class, they actually anticipated later developments in American social and political thought.

Keywords:   White southern women, Civil rights movement, Feminist, Southern identity, Dissent, South, Race, Gender`, Class, Racism

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