A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina by Bryant Simon

By Bryant Simon

during this ebook, Bryant Simon brings to lifestyles the politics of white South Carolina millhands through the first half the 20 th century. His revealing and relocating account explores how this team of southern employees thought of and took part in politics and public power.

Taking a wide view of politics, Simon appears to be like at employees as they engaged in political job in lots of venues--at the polling station, on entrance porches, and at the store floor--and examines their political involvement on the neighborhood, kingdom, and nationwide degrees. He describes the crusade types and rhetoric of such politicians as Coleman Blease and Olin Johnston (himself a former millhand), who eagerly sought the staff' votes. He attracts an in depth photograph of mill staff casting ballots, sporting placards, marching at the kingdom capital, writing to lawmakers, and picketing factories. those millhands' politics mirrored their private and non-private ideas approximately whiteness and blackness,
war and the recent Deal, democracy and justice, gender and sexuality, classification relatives and intake.

Ultimately, the folk depicted listed below are neither romanticized nor disregarded because the stereotypically racist and uneducated "rednecks" present in many money owed of southern politics. Southern staff understood the political and social forces that formed their lives, argues Simon, and so they developed
complex political recommendations to accommodate these forces.

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