publication . Article . 2018

Outside the Magic Circle of White Male Supremacy in the Jim Crow South: Virginia Foster Durr’s Memoirs

Susana María Jiménez-Placer;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Oct 2018
  • Publisher: Sciendo
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
Virginia Foster Durr was born in 1903 in Birmingham, Alabama in a former planter class family, and in spite of the gradual decline in the family fortune, she was brought up as a traditional southern belle, utterly subjected to the demands of the ideology of white male supremacy that ruled the Jim Crow South. Thus, she soon learnt that in the South a black woman could not be a lady, and that as a young southern woman she was desperately in need of a husband. It was not until she had fulfilled this duty that she began to open her eyes to the reality of poverty, injustice, discrimination, sexism and racism ensuing from the set of rules she had so easily embraced un...
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free text keywords: Virginia Foster Durr, White male supremacy, Mammy, Jim Crow South, Life-writing, Literature (General), PN1-6790, Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Ideology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Duty, Gender studies, Life writing, Stereotype, Literary criticism, Injustice, History, Memoir, Racism
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publication . Article . 2018

Outside the Magic Circle of White Male Supremacy in the Jim Crow South: Virginia Foster Durr’s Memoirs

Susana María Jiménez-Placer;