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Author: Brent M.S. Campney

Title: This Is Not Dixie

Subtitle: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861-1927

Place: Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Year: 2015

Pages: 296pp.

ISBN.13: 9780252039508 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780252097614 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Offenders: Punishments / Lynching; Types: Interracial Rape



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Author: Brent M.S. Campney, Department of History, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

Book Launch: Campney, Brent M.S. »This Is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861-1927.« Kansas City Public Library. Kansas City 2016. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


  Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  A Note on the Use of the Federal Censuses (p. ix)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1. “Light Is Bursting upon the World!” (p. 17)
  2. “Negroes Are the Favorites of the Government” (p. 45)
  3. “Kansas Has an Ample Supply of Darkies” (p. 63)
  4. “A Day More Dreadful Than Any That We Have Yet Experienced” (p. 88)
  5. “Some Finely Tuned Spring-Release Trap” (p. 116)
  6. “The Life of No Colored Man Is Safe” (p. 132)
  7. “Sowing the Seed of Hatred and Prejudice” (p. 156)
  8. “Peace at Home Is the Most Essential Thing” (p. 179)
  Conclusion (p. 201)
  Appendix 1. Incidents of Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861–1927 (p. 220)
  Appendix 2. Incidents of Jailhouse Defenses and Police Resistance Against Racist Violence in Kansas, 1890–1916 (p. 239)
  Notes (p. 244)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 273)
  Index (p. 277)

Description: »Often defined as a mostly southern phenomenon, racist violence existed everywhere. Brent M. S. Campney explodes the notion of the Midwest as a so-called land of freedom with an in-depth study of assaults both active and threatened faced by African Americans in post–Civil War Kansas.
Campney's capacious definition of white-on-black violence encompasses not only sensational demonstrations of white power like lynchings and race riots, but acts of threatened violence and the varied forms of pervasive routine violence--property damage, rape, forcible ejection from towns--used to intimidate African Americans. As he shows, such methods were a cornerstone of efforts to impose and maintain white supremacy. Yet Campney's broad consideration of racist violence also lends new insights into the ways people resisted threats. African Americans spontaneously hid fugitives and defused lynch mobs while also using newspapers and civil rights groups to lay the groundwork for forms of institutionalized opposition that could fight racist violence through the courts and via public opinion.« (Source: University of Illinois Press)


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