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Unlikely DissentersWhite Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970$
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Anne Stefani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060767

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060767.001.0001

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(p.251) Conclusion
Unlikely Dissenters

Anne Stefani

University Press of Florida

The conclusion confirms that white southern women's racial activism extended far beyond the liberation of black people. Through their struggle against white supremacy in their region, these women overcame the collective racial guilt they felt as members of the oppressor group, and liberated themselves from white southern patriarchy in the process, although their whiteness remained a burden at times owing to the collective memory of racist oppression. The conclusion also confirms that race and gender emancipation fueled each other throughout the period covered, racial and gender awareness interacting in the activists' experiences. It finally reaffirms the women's contribution to racial progress through their unique grassroots, community-oriented activism. It accounts for their relative invisibility in the historiography by attributing it to some of their choices, either to shun publicity for tactical purposes, or to avoid positions of leadership out of principle. In the last lines of the book the author expresses the hope that her work will help bring about the full recognition all of them deserve.

Keywords:   White southern women, Racial activism, White supremacy, Racial guilt, White southern patriarchy, Race, Gender, Emancipation, Invisibility, Leadership

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