The Folly of Jim Crow

Rethinking the Segregated South

Author: Stephanie Cole,Natalie J. Ring

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 160344582X

Category: History

Page: 256

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Although the origins, application, and socio-historical implications of the Jim Crow system have been studied and debated for at least the last three-quarters of a century, nuanced understanding of this complex cultural construct is still evolving, according to Stephanie Cole and Natalie J. Ring, coeditors of The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South. Indeed, they suggest, scholars may profit from a careful examination of previous assumptions and conclusions along the lines suggested by the studies in this important new collection. Based on the March 2008 Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington, this forty-third volume in the prestigious series undertakes a close review of both the history and the historiography of the Jim Crow South. The studies in this collection incorporate important perspectives that have developed during the past two decades among scholars interested in gender and politics, the culture of resistance, and "the hegemonic function of ‘whiteness.’" By asking fresh questions and critically examining long-held beliefs, the new studies contained in The Folly of Jim Crow will, ironically, reinforce at least one of the key observations made in C. Vann Woodward’s landmark 1955 study: In its idiosyncratic, contradictory, and multifaceted development and application, the career of Jim Crow was, indeed, strange. Further, as these studies demonstrate—and as alluded to in the title—it is folly to attempt to locate the genesis of the South’s institutional racial segregation in any single event, era, or policy. "Instead," as W. Fitzhugh Brundage notes in his introduction to the volume, "formal segregation evolved through an untidy process of experimentation and adaptation."
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The Mexican Revolution

Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940

Author: Douglas W. Richmond,Sam W. Haynes

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603448160

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 9278

In 1910 insurgent leaders crushed the Porfirian dictatorship, but in the years that followed fought among themselves, until a nationalist consensus produced the 1917 Constitution. This in turn provided the basis for a reform agenda that transformed Mexico in the modern era. The civil war and the reforms that followed receive new and insightful attention in this book. These essays, the result of the 45th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, presented by the University of Texas at Arlington in March 2010, commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of the revolution. A potent mix of factors—including the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few thousand hacienda owners, rancheros, and foreign capitalists; the ideological conflict between the Diaz government and the dissident regional reformers; and the grinding poverty afflicting the majority of the nation’s eleven million industrial and rural laborers—provided the volatile fuel that produced the first major political and social revolution of the twentieth century. The conflagration soon swept across the Rio Grande; indeed, The Mexican Revolution shows clearly that the struggle in Mexico had tremendous implications for the American Southwest. During the years of revolution, hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens crossed the border into the United States. As a result, the region experienced waves of ethnically motivated violence, economic tensions, and the mass expulsions of Mexicans and US citizens of Mexican descent.
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Women and the unstable state in nineteenth-century America

Author: Alison Marie Parker,Stéphanie Cole

Publisher: TAMU Press


Category: History

Page: 164

View: 8468

Because women have always played roles crucial to the functioning of the American political system, their formal entry into electoral politics is far less radical than usually thought. That underlying theme is the basis of this volume, which highlights women's participation in politics and their discourse in the negotiation of power. In her introduction, Sarah Barringer Gordon argues that women in the nineteenth century tolerated political instability only because of a presumption of marital stability. Stephanie McCurry examines the ethics of protection in the Confederacy as the basis for Southern loyalty and, ironically, for women's political demands during the Civil War. Catherine Allgor looks at the role of elite women, securing patronage for their husbands in early Washington while ostensibly protecting them from its corrupting influence. Alison M. Parker explores the radical political thought of Frances Wright and the implications of reactions to her egalitarianism. The difficulties and persistence of partisan political work by women in the late antebellum period underlie Janet L. Coryell's perceptive analysis of Anna Ella Carrol. Through her study of the postwar patronage career of Union spy "Crazy Bet" Van Lew, Elizabeth R. Varon elucidates the strategic advantages of political instability for women and the significance of the cry for women's rights as a threat to the defeated South. In the book's concluding essay, Lori D. Ginzberg analyzes the relationship between structures of formal governance (the ballot) and private governance (marriage) in sustaining women's political marginality.
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Deportation in the Americas

Histories of Exclusion and Resistance

Author: Kenyon Zimmer,Cristina Salinas

Publisher: Walter Prescott Webb Memorial

ISBN: 9781623496593

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Adapted from the fifty-first annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series.
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American Book Publishing Record

BPR annual cumulative

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: United States

Page: N.A

View: 8517

Posted in United States

Local People

The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Author: John Dittmer

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252065071

Category: History

Page: 530

View: 7132

Details the Black struggle for civil rights in Mississippi
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Cultivating Political and Public Identity

Why Plumage Matters

Author: Rodney Barker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526114585

Category: Political Science

Page: 260

View: 658

Throughout the twentieth century, everyone from Marxists to economic individualists assumed that social and political activity was driven by the rational pursuit of material gain. Today, the fundamental importance of the cultivation and preservation of identity is finally re-emerging. In this book, Rodney Barker explores the rich fabric of speech, dress, diet and the built environment from which human identity is made. The colour of a scarf or the accent of a conversation can unite people or divide them, and the smallest detail can play its part in signalling who are allies and who are enemies. Identity simultaneously generates equality and inequality - it is both the engine of public life and the cause of its confusion and conflict - and a better understanding of its subtleties is crucial if we are to confront the tensions that it produces in society. Synthesising methods and ideas from numerous disciplines - including history, political science, anthropology, law and sociology - Barker presents a picture of human life as more than just a collection of material interests. His ultimate aim is to show that no human activity is trivial or meaningless, that everything counts and plumage matters.
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The Good Doctors

The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care

Author: John Dittmer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496810368

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 5898

In the summer of 1964 medical professionals, mostly white and northern, organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) to provide care and support for civil rights activists organizing black voters in Mississippi. They left their lives and lucrative private practices to march beside and tend the wounds of demonstrators from Freedom Summer, the March on Selma, and the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968. Galvanized and sometimes radicalized by their firsthand view of disenfranchised communities, the MCHR soon expanded its mission to encompass a range of causes from poverty to the war in Vietnam. They later took on the whole of the United States healthcare system. MCHR doctors soon realized fighting segregation would mean not just caring for white volunteers, but also exposing and correcting shocking inequalities in segregated health care. They pioneered community health plans and brought medical care to underserved or unserved areas. Though education was the most famous battleground for integration, the appalling injustice of segregated health care levelled equally devastating consequences. Award-winning historian John Dittmer, author of the classic civil rights history Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, has written an insightful and moving account of a group of idealists who put their careers in the service of the motto “Health Care Is a Human Right.”
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How to Change the World

Reflections on Marx and Marxism

Author: Eric Hobsbawm

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300176163

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 470

View: 1634

A penetrating reassessment of Marxist thought and its relevance today, by a world-renowned historian of Marxism
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Essays on the American Civil Rights Movement

Author: John Dittmer,George C. Wright,W. Marvin Dulaney

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890965405

Category: Political Science

Page: 95

View: 7729

Presents three essays by distinguished scholars.
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A Strife of Tongues

The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War

Author: Stephen E. Maizlish

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813941202

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 8059

Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics—then, as now—rhetoric makes reality. But while the legislative maneuvering, factional alignments, and specific measures of the Compromise of 1850 have been exhaustively studied, much of the language of the debate, where underlying beliefs and assumptions were revealed, has been neglected. The Compromise of 1850 attempted to defuse confrontation between slave and free states on the status of territories acquired during the Mexican-American War—which would be free, which would allow slavery, and how the Fugitive Slave Law would be enacted. A Strife of Tongues tells the cultural and intellectual history of this pivotal political event through the lens of language, revealing the complex context of northern and southern ideological opposition within which the Civil War occurred a decade later. Deftly drawing on extensive records, from public discourse to private letters, Stephen Maizlish animates the most famous political characters of the age in their own words. This novel account reveals a telling irony—that the Compromise debates of 1850 only made obvious the hardening of sectional division of ideology, which led to a breakdown in the spirit of compromise in the antebellum period and laid the foundations of the U.S. Civil War.
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The Untold Story

Author: Joseph T Fuhrmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909609792


Page: 282

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An entirely original account of the life of Gregory Rasputin that goes beyond legend, myth and misunderstanding to reveal the tragedy of the peasant who befriended the tsar and the empress, healed their son, and helped to bring down the Russian Empire. In Fuhrmann's skilled hands, Rasputin becomes a vital and exciting human being, not just a symbol of dissolution and sexual excess. The author considers a number of fundamental questions: How did Rasputin heal the Tsarevich's bouts of haemophilia? What were his mysterious religious teachings? How great was his power in the Russian state? What was the secret of his appeal to women? Were foreign agents involved in his murder? Fuhrmann also lays to rest an old question that still fascinates many people: Does Rasputin's murder suggest that his mystical powers included some mysterious ability to resist death? No one intrigued by the last years of Imperial Russia will want to miss this book. "This vivid, briskly written biography brings to life one of the most colorful and sinister figures in modern Russian history." Publishers Weekly "A vivid if not lurid portrayal." Boston Globe "Extremely well written, concise, and as promised in the foreword, he leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions." Alexander Palace Forum
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This Republic of Suffering

Death and the American Civil War

Author: Drew Gilpin Faust

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375703837

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 6309

Assesses the impact of the enormous carnage of the Civil War on every aspect of American life from a material, political, intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual perspective.
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Writing the Story of Texas

Author: Patrick L. Cox,Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr.

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292748752

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 414

The history of the Lone Star state is a narrative dominated by larger-than-life personalities and often-contentious legends, presenting interesting challenges for historians. Perhaps for this reason, Texas has produced a cadre of revered historians who have had a significant impact on the preservation (some would argue creation) of our state’s past. An anthology of biographical essays, Writing the Story of Texas pays tribute to the scholars who shaped our understanding of Texas’s past and, ultimately, the Texan identity. Edited by esteemed historians Patrick Cox and Kenneth Hendrickson, this collection includes insightful, cross-generational examinations of pivotal individuals who interpreted our history. On these pages, the contributors chart the progression from Eugene C. Barker’s groundbreaking research to his public confrontations with Texas political leaders and his fellow historians. They look at Walter Prescott Webb’s fundamental, innovative vision as a promoter of the past and Ruthe Winegarten’s efforts to shine the spotlight on minorities and women who made history across the state. Other essayists explore Llerena Friend delving into an ambitious study of Sam Houston, Charles Ramsdell courageously addressing delicate issues such as racism and launching his controversial examination of Reconstruction in Texas, Robert Cotner—an Ohio-born product of the Ivy League—bringing a fresh perspective to the field, and Robert Maxwell engaged in early work in environmental history.
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Essays on Walter Prescott Webb and the Teaching of History

Author: Jacques Barzun,Dennis Reinhartz,Stephen E. Maizlish

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890962343

Category: History

Page: 101

View: 8626

Walter Prescott Webb's contributions to the study of history, detailing the direction historical studies have taken since Webb wrote. Webb's historiography and its relationship to classroom instruction is the subject of the second essay, by Elliott West. An appreciation of Webb and a sense of his teaching style are offered by Anne M. Butler and Richard A. Baker, while Dennis Reinhartz discusses the use of maps in the classroom, a practice to which Webb was committed. In a postscript, Llerena Friend writes a personal tribute to her mentor and colleague.
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German Pioneers on the American Frontier

The Wagners in Texas and Illinois

Author: Andreas Reichstein

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574411348

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 721

A case study of two brothers, Julius and Wilhelm Wagner, who immigrated to the United States from Baden, Germany. Julius immigrated as part of an early communist group, the "Darmstädters” or "Forty,” who established the utopian settlement of Bettina in 1847. His anti-slavery beliefs forced Julius to Mexico during the Civil War, but he returned to Texas after the war. His older brother Wilhelm fled Germany in 1851 as a result of his liberal political beliefs and settled in Texas. He founded a German-language newspaper when he moved to Freeport, Illinois. Using a newly discovered cache of Wagner family letters, Reichstein examines the lives of the brothers as they sought to make better futures for themselves on the new frontier. More than a narrow family history, however, German Pioneers on the American Frontier uses the individual cases of Julius and Wilhelm Wagner to examine the broader historiographical debate about assimilation and acculturation. The question it raises is whether the United States is a collection of separate immigrant cultures or whether those cultures become assimilated in the famous "melting pot.” Reichstein’s conclusion, based on the experiences of the Wagner brothers and their descendants, is that immigrants identify themselves as American through a variety of processes that are a combination of assimilation and acculturation.
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Doing Digital Humanities

Practice, Training, Research

Author: Constance Crompton,Richard J Lane,Ray Siemens

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317481135

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 408

View: 6619

Digital Humanities is rapidly evolving as a significant approach to/method of teaching, learning and research across the humanities. This is a first-stop book for people interested in getting to grips with digital humanities whether as a student or a professor. The book offers a practical guide to the area as well as offering reflection on the main objectives and processes, including: Accessible introductions of the basics of Digital Humanities through to more complex ideas A wide range of topics from feminist Digital Humanities, digital journal publishing, gaming, text encoding, project management and pedagogy Contextualised case studies Resources for starting Digital Humanities such as links, training materials and exercises Doing Digital Humanities looks at the practicalities of how digital research and creation can enhance both learning and research and offers an approachable way into this complex, yet essential topic.
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Common soldier, uncommon war

life as a cavalryman in the Civil War

Author: Sidney Morris Davis

Publisher: J.H. Davis Jr.


Category: History

Page: 526

View: 1908

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Essays on American Antebellum Politics, 1840-1860

Author: William E. Gienapp,Stephen E. Maizlish,John James Kushma

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890961360

Category: History

Page: 229

View: 2667

This collection of original essays examines various ways in which cultural trends and social developments have influenced each other in modem German history. Each contribution explores some aspect of either "high" (elite) or "low" (popular) culture and its societal ramifications. A thoughtful introduction draws together many of the common themes and important questions raised in the individual studies: the interplay of ideas and social forces in German history; the response of the German elite to the emergence of modern social relations and mass culture; and the relation between elite and popular culture.
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