Beyond Black and White

Beyond Black and White : Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Us South and Southwest

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Although Americans have traditionally treated race relations as a matter of black and white, race in this country is much more complex. "Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the U.S. South and Southwest" brings new perspectives to the oversimplification of racial categories and new insight into the complexity of social relationships in these two important regions. Although the topics covered range from law in the South in the nineteenth century to political activism by Mexican Americans in the twentieth century, they begin with a common viewpoint: If we are to understand the complexity of race in the United States, we must go beyond thinking in black and white. A product of the Walter Prescott Webb Lectures held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2000, this volume provides links between ideas and events within Southern history to that of the Southwest. In their various chapters, the seven contributors illustrate that elites' common (and inaccurate) use of dichotomous categories to describe social relationships--not only black and white, but also male and female, slave and free, dependent and independent--have shored up white power in both regions. Together they illustrate multilevel social diversity, and demonstrate that acceptance then and now of simple binaries has impeded efforts by groups outside those categories to claim recognition, rights, and privileges on their own terms. All those interested in race and public policy as well as social activism concerning with racial, ethnic, and gender issues will find in these thought-provoking analyses a doorway to deeper more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 20mm | 439.98g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 5 b&w illustrations, index
  • 1585442976
  • 9781585442973

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"The complex, changing and oppressive 'multiracisms'--to use Ronit Lentin's term--of the U.S. South and Southwest are brilliantly captured in this powerful collection of linked essays. So too are the ways in which differing but overlapping experiences of race, citizenship and terror created both common ground and grounds for division among racialized groups."--David Roediger, University of Illinois, and author, "Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past"--David Roediger, University of Illinois, and author, Colored White: Transcendishow more

About Stephanie Cole

Stephanie Cole, associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the author of the forthcoming book, "Servants and Slaves: Domestic Service in the North/South Antebellum Border Cities."Alison Parker, associate professor of history at SUNY-Brockport, is the author of "Purifying ""America"" Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro""Censorship Activism, 1873-1933."show more

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