Women 's Rights Within The Sphere Of A Nation Essay

819 Words Oct 10th, 2014 4 Pages
The border states between the North and South faced a migration of African Americans attempting to begin a life anywhere except under the oppression of Jim Crow and the bleak conditions of the postbellum South. As extremist movements and relational events occurred throughout the nation, urban areas experienced a renaissance of black culture. Was this period truly the “birth of a nation?” As black culture graced America with music, art, and literature, white Protestant women attempted to gain equality within their sphere of achieved status of a fraternal hierarchy. Through Kathleen Blee’s extensive research and publication of Women of the Klan, a wealth of information can be obtained regarding women’s roles in politics, education, and advocacy for women’s rights within the sphere of Protestant white women. While Blee’s provides an interesting approach to the extremist group, Harvard scholar, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., documents the accomplishments of African Americans during the era of the second Klan. Intended to be an “auxiliary” of Klan fraternity, the WKKK grew exponentially as a separate entity, embracing the racial and religious supremacy of the white Protestants, while concurrently changing gender roles, taking women out of the home and into the political and economic spheres. Although Blee’s bias against the extremist group is obvious, she tactfully addresses the accomplishments of the women of Ku Klux Klan. Blee argues that “it was financial opportunism…

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