Southern History across the Color Line

TitleSouthern History across the Color Line
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPainter, Nell Irvin
Number of Pages247
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
CityChapel Hill

The color line, once all too solid in southern public life, still exists in the study of southern history. As Nell Irvin Painter notes, historians often still write about the South as though people of different races occupied entirely different spheres. In truth, although blacks and whites were expected to remain in their assigned places in the southern social hierarchy throughout the nineteenth and much of the twentieth century, their lives were thoroughly entangled.  In this collection, Painter reaches across the color line to examine how race, gender, class, and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women and men in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century South. Through six essays, she explores such themes as interracial sex, white supremacy, and the physical and psychological violence of slavery, using insights gleaned from psychology and feminist social science as well as social, cultural, and intellectual history. 

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