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Cal and novel aspect of southern racial and sexual dynamics Despite being on opposite sides of the lynching uestion both Wells and Felton sought protection from sexual violence and political empowerment for womenSouthern Horrors provides a startling view into the Jim Crow South where the precarious and subordinate position of women linked black and white anti rape activists together in fragile political alliances It is a story that reveals how the complex drama of political power race and sex played out in the lives of Southern women. Feimster is a professor of history at Yale and fortunately for us she chose that route instead of the legal profession which she had been interested in when she entered college because what books like hers force us to examine are the intersections of race gender class and the use of rape as a tool of oppressionSouthern Horrors takes its name from civil rights and anti lynching activist Ida B Wells Barnett and her 1892 anti lynching pamphlet Southern Horrors Lynch Law in All Its Phases Then Wells Barnett was trying to shed light on the numerous and horrific lynchings that whites perpetrated on African Americans during the Jim Crow era Over a hundred years later Feimster sheds light not only on the lynchings of that era but on white men who used sexual violence against African American womenWhat Feimster does in her book is take the reader on an activist journey through the eyes of two different women One a southern white woman who lived through the Civil War and became a women's rights advocate and the other an African American woman who came of age during Reconstruction and Jim Crow and became a civil rights and anti lynching activist Rebecca Latimer Felton was the white woman and Ida B Wells later Wells Barnett was the African American womanWhat the reader gets here is a superb analysis of lynching using the vehicle of women's rights and a fascinating dual biography of two very different women who nevertheless recognized the gendered nature of the sexual violence enacted throughout the South prior to and after the Civil War Felton would remain racist but she nevertheless recognized how African American women were brutalized at the hands of white men and she and Wells both understood that at the root of the violence against African Americans lurked issues over sex sexuality race and gender Through excellent documentation and a smooth unobtrusive narrative voice Feimster reveals a toxic and complex intermingling of ideologies and behaviors that created horrific violence against African Americans and their few white supporters that still echoes in this countryIt's a brutal and horrible chapter in American history but it's one that we all have a responsibility to learn and hopefully use to forge a better future for all

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Southern HorrorsBetween 1880 and 1930 close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South Many were tarred and feathered burned whipped or raped In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy a world violently divided by race gender and class black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power brokers Crystal Feimster breaks new ground in her story of the racial politics of the postbellum South by focusing on the volatile issue of sexual violencePairing the lives of two Southern women Ida B Wel. An excellent portrayal of feminist activism along racial lines The punishment of lynching is vindication for one and victimization for another The issue of race between feminist movements is an understated problem in America this work begins to uestion the nature of who and woman type of womanhood is the American ideal and why those persons of color who do not fit the ideal are relegated to the periphery and candidates for extermination

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review Southern Horrors 103 É Between 1880 and 1930 close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South Many were tarred and feathered burned whipped or raped In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy a world violently divided by race gender and class black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power Ls who fearlessly branded lynching a white tool of political terror against southern blacks and Rebecca Latimer Felton who urged white men to prove their manhood by lynching black men accused of raping white women Feimster makes visible the ways in which black and white women sought protection and political power in the New South While Wells was black and Felton was white both were journalists temperance women suffragists and anti rape activists By placing their concerns at the center of southern politics Feimster illuminates a criti. Read for my us women's history class and overall really enjoyed it It's certainly a very depressing topic but I liked how Feimster approached it by comparing the careers and views of Ida B Wells and Rebecca Felton If you're interested in an overlooked area of American history I'd highly recommend this book very well written and researched