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White Flight

Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism
Narrated by: Aaron Williamson
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
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During the civil rights era, Atlanta thought of itself as "The City Too Busy to Hate," a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: "The City Too Busy Moving to Hate."  

In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of "white flight" in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.  

Challenging the conventional wisdom that white flight meant nothing more than a literal movement of whites to the suburbs, this book argues that it represented a more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved. In a provocative revision of postwar American history, Kruse demonstrates that traditional elements of modern conservatism, such as hostility to the federal government and faith in free enterprise, underwent important transformations during the postwar struggle over segregation.

©2005 Princeton University Press (P)2019 Tantor

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Intersection of race and politics

Excellent history on how the politics of white flight beginning in the 1950s formed the foundation for the politics of modern conservatism.

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  • Chris
  • Riverhead, NY, United States
  • 02-19-19

Garbage

Filled with half truths and broad generalizations, this book is little more than fuel for those who are seeking to reinforce their own bigotry against a large swath of people. If you're an elitist seeking to feel superior to "knuckle dragging southerners", this is the book for you.

4 of 26 people found this review helpful