Revolt Against Chivalry

Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching, revised edition

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Columbia University Press

Revolt Against Chivalry

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Pub Date: September 1993

ISBN: 9780231082839

384 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£29.95

Pub Date: September 1993

ISBN: 9780231082822

384 Pages

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Revolt Against Chivalry

Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Campaign Against Lynching, revised edition

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Columbia University Press

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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.

About the Author

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.