By Joel Williamson
The Crucible of Race, a massive reinterpretation of black-white kin within the South, was once commonly acclaimed on ebook and in comparison favorably to 2 of the seminal books on Southern heritage: Wilbur J. Cash's The brain of Jim Crow. Representing twenty years of study and writing at the historical past of the South, The Crucible of Race explores the big subject of Southern race family for a span of a century and a part. Oxford is happy to make to be had an abridgement of this dad or mum quantity: A Rage for Order preserves all of the topic traces that have been complex within the unique quantity and plenty of of the person tales. As in Crucible of Race, Williamson the following confronts the bleak irony that the conflict to loose blacks from slavery additionally freed racism. He examines the shift within the energy base of Southern white management after 1850 and recounts the negative violence performed to blacks within the identify of self-protection. This condensation of 1 of an important interpretations of Southern historical past is accessible as a method in which a wide viewers can grab the necessities of black-white relations--a challenge that persists to today and one with which all of us needs to contend--North and South, black and white.
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Cabaniss. Cabaniss sent agents north and west to search out homes and possible schools for the Townsend people. Shortly he had resettled some of the Townsends in Leavenworth, Kansas, and others in Xenia, Ohio. Over the next twenty years, in war and in peace, in slavery and in freedom, Cabaniss continued to manage the estate. He sent some of the children to Wilberforce University, a vigorously antislavery black school in Ohio. 42 It is almost certain that this peculiar Alabama story occurred because the master family, perhaps for two generations or more, became inextricably mixed with several of its own slave families.
As the actual experience of Redemption became more remote, the myth grew more comfortable. But in the decade of the 1880s, paternalism remained form without content, a sentiment without broadly effective action as black and white worlds drifted apart. After the war, when whites saw the seemingly ceaseless motion among blacks, the apparent idleness and aimless wandering, the flocking to the cities, and the rise in violence and disease, they concluded that blacks were indeed destined to die away.
The perfect illustration of the latter is the famous Sumner-Brooks affair. When Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner made a speech on the floor of the Congress in 1856 in which he alluded to the fact that South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler expectorated when he talked, which that elderly gentleman did, he forfeited any claim to gentility by referring to an unfortunate, unavoidable personal infirmity. By the code, the task of exacting justice from Sumner fell to Butler’s proximate kinsman, the very physical Congressman Pres− ton ton Brooks.