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Organized White Women and the Challenge of Racial Integration, 1945-1965


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Helen Laville
    Pages 1-20
  3. Helen Laville
    Pages 65-109
  4. Helen Laville
    Pages 111-149
  5. Helen Laville
    Pages 187-221
  6. Helen Laville
    Pages 223-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-254

About this book


This monograph asserts that the troubled history of segregation within American women’s associations created a legacy of racial exclusivity and privilege. While acknowledging the progressive potential of women’s associations and the extent to which they created a legitimate outlet for American women’s public activism, it explores how and why such organizations failed to aid in issues of integration. Rather than being a historical accident, or a pragmatic response to circumstance, this monograph demonstrates that white exclusivity and privilege was crucial to the authority and influence of these associations. Organized White Women and the Challenge of Racial Integration, 1945-1965 examines the translation of what seemed on the surface to be relatively simple demands for racial integration into a far more significant and all-encompassing confrontation with the frequently hidden structures and practices of white privilege.


women's movements in the 1960s race relations in America gender and race in America John F. Kennedy’s civil rights program racial justice and women's rights

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Helen Laville is a Reader in American History at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Organized White Women and the Challenge of Racial Integration, 1945-1965
  • Authors Helen Laville
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-49693-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84217-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-49694-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics US History
    Social History
    Gender Studies
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