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Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae


Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, this book argues that white segregationist women constituted the grassroots workforce for racial segregation. For decades, they censored textbooks, campaigned against the United Nations, denied marriage certificates, celebrated school choice, and lobbied elected officials. They trained generations, built national networks, collapsed their duties as white mothers with those of citizenship, and experimented with a color-blind political discourse. Their work beyond legislative halls empowered the Jim Crow order with a flexibility and a kind of ... More

Keywords: massive resistance, Jim Crow segregation, conservatism, New Right, Brown decision, school segregation, desegregation, anti-busing, states’ rights, family values

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190271718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, author
Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University

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