Southern Horrors : Women And The Politics Of Rape And Lynching

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Book Review: Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching In the book titled, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, Feimster attempt to touch on the topic of race, gender, lynching, rape, violence and politics. Feimster illustrate these points from the perspective of Rebecca Felton and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Historically, both women were known for fighting for women suffrage; however, they differ upon the ideology of, “who the real victim is?” In order to read this book, the individual would really need to be unbiased and able to stay focus on what the book is about. Feimster take us back to the era of the Civil War with the first chapter giving the account of Rebecca Felton. Through the eyes of the slaves and southern white women, the Civil War brought about suffering; however, more so for the whites than blacks. Southern white women were left to fend for themselves, while their husbands went off to fight in the war. The abandonment led to many unskilled southern white women to try to maintain the upkeep of the plantation. Another consequence to the abandonment led to many southern white women to be subjugated to rape and terror by invading Northern troops. Felton was one of the many southern white women who had to endure such hardship of that time. Discontented with the lack of effort applied to providing protection from their male counterparts, Felton became the voice for southern white women. Felton failed to acknowledge the…

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