"To Serve the Race...and Redeem the South":Gender and the Southern Interracial Network, 1919-1949


Abstract of "To Serve the Race...and Redeem the South": Gender and the Southern Interracial Network, 1919-1949, by Caroline C. Cortina, Ph.D., Brown University, May 2011.Drawing on correspondence, oral histories and published sources, this dissertation examines the network of middle-class blacks and whites who worked together to improve southern race relations from 1919 to 1949. The dissertation argues that their relationships, strategies for confronting racial inequality and shifting goals were shaped by often conflicting ideas about gender and racial identity. The Commission on Interracial Cooperation, an organization formed in 1919 in response to growing concern over racial violence, best articulated the interracial ideal: that southerners could forge bonds of cooperation based on shared ideas of masculine and feminine class identity and Christian duty and that these bonds could provide a model for racial cooperation. The reality of how blacks and whites worked together, however, rarely fit this ideal as they struggled to find common ground amidst the increasing challenges of more radical reform efforts.
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2011)


Cortina, Caroline C., "'To Serve the Race...and Redeem the South':Gender and the Southern Interracial Network, 1919-1949" (2011). History Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.7301/Z0K935TD