In the early 1940s, all sorts of rumours about impending and presently occurring race wars were circulating throughout the South among white Southerners: once docile and passive African Americans, it was claimed, were - with the aid of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, liberals, Yankees, New Dealers, and "bad niggers" - stockpiling ice picks in Charleston, ordering carton-loads of pistols and rifles from the Sears catalogue in Memphis, and plotting insurrection against whites at every turn. Howard W. Odum was so alarmed - and ...

Race and Rumors of Race: The American South in the Early Forties 1997, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801857577

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