Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching

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Columbia University Press, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 405 pages
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This newly updated edition connects the past with the present, using the Clarence Thomas hearings -and their characterization by Thomas as a "high-tech lynching"- to examine the links between white supremacy and the sexual abuse of black women, and the difficulty of forging an antiracist movement against sexual violence.

Revolt Against Chivalry is the account of how Jesse Daniel Ames and the antilynching campaign she led fused the causes of social feminism and racial justice in the South during the 1920s and 1930s.

The book traces Ames's political path from suffragism to militant antiracism and provides a detailed description of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, which served through the 1930s as the chief expression of antilynching sentiment in the white South.

Revolt Against Chivalry is also a biography of Ames herself: it shows how Ames connected women's opposition to violence with their search for influence and self-definition, thereby leading a revolt against chivalry which was part of both sexual and racial emancipation.

  

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Review: Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching

User Review  - V. - Goodreads

This is an excellent, easy-to-digest book for anyone interested in community activism during the early 20th century. Not only does it address anti-lynching efforts by women, but it offers insight into how race, class, and gender affected (and continues to affect) interracial activism. Read full review

Review: Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching

User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

This book traces lynching from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s (and brings in a comparison with the Anita Hill hearings in the more recent edition). This book is part biography (Jesse Daniel Ames) part movement history. Read full review

Contents

Beginnings
1
Out of Obscurity
19
A Bond of Common Womanhood
59
The Double Role
107
A Strange and Bitter Fruit
129
A Movement of Southern White
159
Deeply Buried Causes
193
A Choice of Tactics
223
Quietly but Definitely Allowed to Die
255
Epilogue
269
Notes
291
Bibliography
367
Index
395
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About the author (1993)

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is Spruill Professor of History at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also the author of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World.

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