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The Rural Face of White Supremacy: BEYOND JIM CROW
by Mark Roman Schultz
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-252-07436-3 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09236-7 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02960-8
Library of Congress Classification F292.H3S385 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.896073075862


Now in paperback, The Rural Face of White Supremacy presents a detailed study of the daily experiences of ordinary people in rural Hancock County, Georgia. Drawing on his own interviews with over two hundred black and white residents, Mark Schultz argues that the residents acted on the basis of personal rather than institutional relationships. As a result, Hancock County residents experienced more intimate face-to-face interactions, which made possible more black agency than their urban counterparts were allowed. While they were still firmly entrenched within an exploitive white supremacist culture, this relative freedom did create a space for a range of interracial relationships that included mixed housing, midwifery, church services, meals, and even common-law marriages.

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