THE NEGRO'S IMAGE IN THE SOUTH by Glau de Nolen

THE NEGRO'S IMAGE IN THE SOUTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Anatomy of White Supremacy"" is palped in this direct little book which ranges from the pre-Civil War period to the present in methodical fashion. Mr. de Nolen exposits the Southerners' attempt at Biblical justification of slavery as an institution of divine mercy in the face of the natural rights doctrine, to prove the Negro inferior and to maintain the master white race pure: their reaction to Negro efforts to gain ground during the Reconstruction period, which solidified the white South; their efforts to disenfranchise the Negro and yet ""bring him up"" within bounds by self-congratulatory efforts at restricted education. Economically, there were measures to coerce the black worker, followed by migration and Negro-white competition. Mr. de Nolen considers the churches' decision to repudiate white supremacy as one of the utmost importance for Southern history, sees a bright outlook for the Negro to achieve unfettered citizenship in the South. It's been a long, long journey, and the story of ""putting down"" the Negro gives a sense of the obstacle race he has run.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1967
Publisher: Univ. of Kentucky