Photo of the Week: The Discomfiture of Southern Culture
Significant subjects in photographs are not always apparent at first glance. This crowd scene at the fair appears rather mundane. A closer inspection reveals the attendees are all African-American and and the vendors are Caucasian. Southern fairs would typically hold a “Negro Day” in order to conform to Jim Crow laws.
In The Politics of Whiteness, Georgia State University history professor Michelle Brattain reveals how working-class whites, and not just elites, actively supported segregated institutions. This blue-collar bigotry eventually fed resistance to the civil rights movement.
What memories do you have of the segregated South?