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Massive ResistanceSouthern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction$
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Clive Webb

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177862.001.0001

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White Womanhood, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Massive Resistance

White Womanhood, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Massive Resistance

(p.181) Nine White Womanhood, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Massive Resistance
Massive Resistance

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

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This chapter draws on traditional constructions of maternal responsibilities in constructing a public role as defender of white supremacy. It argues that women had a duty to campaign against racial integration in order to protect the welfare of current and future generations of white southerners. It notes that this increased public activism on the part of white southern women was by implication a criticism of the incompetence of the male power structure. It shows that white women served more than a rhetorical purpose for the segregationist cause as passive victims in need of male protection.

Keywords:   womanhood, white supremacy, massive resistance, white southerners, male power structures, maternal responsibilities, welfare

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