What's this book I didn't buy?
June 8, 2012 6:28 PM Subscribe
What book about white privilege did I look at that one time in a bookstore and not buy? Details inside
posted by randomkeystrike to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I think this book was published 5-10 years ago. It was a somewhat large format book about the topic of southern culture prior to integration - not a coffee table book, but somewhat larger than average page size, because I think it contained several pictures. The cover, as I recalled, featured a photograph, apparently taken in the 60s or 70s, of a white man wearing a suit and standing in front of a luxury car, like a Continental or Cadillac of the era. I remember the cover being striking because the picture seemed - random. Not a famous person (at least not one I was aware of, nor someone named in the title). And yet it evoked the era quite well.
I remember scanning some of the first chapter, and the book seemed to be an attempt to describe the majority culture of the south at the time with a view toward explaining why it was so resistant to changing - what whites feared losing, for example. I do NOT remember the book being "pro-white-privilege" or coming at it from any obvious racist or otherwise biased view. Rather, it was a somewhat scholarly (in the mass-market sense of the word) attempt to describe the mindset of white southerners at the time.
I'm reading Robert Caro's The Passage of Power about Lyndon Johnson, and it's renewing my interest in the era and the segregation issue(s)