Ames 's Long Battle Against Lynch Law

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The contents of this book is a fascinating study over Jessie Daniel Ames, who was a southern woman who played major roles in several local social movements between the two world wars- as the very first President of the Texas league of woman voters, leader in the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, Director of Woman’s Work for the Commission on Interracial Cooperation in the 1920’s, and following that decade as the head of the association of southern Woman for the prevention of Lynching (ASWPL).
The book deals both with Ames’s work in the woman’s movement and her efforts as a white liberal in the racist south. Ames’s long battle against lynch law gave her an opportunity to merge two basic interests-feminist concerns and racial reform. She saw anti-lynching primarily as a woman’s issue and used it to build female harmony. Among her arguments against socially-sanctioned mob violence was the fact that its justification in the appearance of chivalric protection of white females actually degraded woman and reinforced the myth of female vulnerability. Part II
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, a noted historian, records Jesse Daniel Ames ' leadership of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching in her influential book Revolt against Chivalry. Hall 's thesis is that white women 's participation in the anti-lynching campaigns of the 1930s reflects a battle towards racism. “Racism intensified sexual hierarchy and rape scares functioned as a means of both sexual and racial…
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