Lynching and ladies in the American South, white women's complicity in white supremacy, racial violence, and suffrage from the progressive era to the great depression

  • Laura Jane McNabney

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis explores the under examined area of white women who worked for white supremacy, by focusing on the period between the Progressive Era to the Great Depression in the American South. It examines white women's participation in two key areas, lynching and suffrage in order to argue that embracing white supremacy allowed white women firstly to become publicly empowered through their participation in lynching and the debate surrounding it, and secondly to become active in suffrage.Discourse on rape and racial violence became a way to discuss white women's rights and status in post-slavery South, which in turn evolved into discussions on suffrage.Overall this thesis, by examining both of themes, argues that white women were complicit and key in maintaining white supremacy, and that they used it to their ownadvantage as a group to be embraced into public life in the South.
Date of Award18 May 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SponsorsUniversity of Strathclyde
SupervisorMark Ellis (Supervisor) & Karen Boyle (Supervisor)

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