Introduction: Sex, Gender, Politics
1. This is true even in the physical library. The digital library can exacerbate these
tendencies. The material qualities of a book, periodical, piece of ephemera, or archival
document can communicate something about its age, place of origin, and conditions
of production; these are often lost in digital translation.
2. Tilly, Durable Inequality. Charles Tilly was one of my professors in graduate
school and he has had a profound influence on my work, even when it strayed far
from the topics he studied.
3. I say “Nerd out of Carolina” with a tip of the hat to Dorothy Allison.
4. For examples of some of the groups that did not fit, see Berry, Almost White;
and Trillin, “U.S. Journal: Sumter County, SC Turks.”
5. In contrast to the Klan, the White Citizens Councils admitted Catholics and
Jews. It has been fascinating in recent years to watch politicians who have dealt with
the current Citizens Councils try to deny their racist history and raison d’etre.
6. I do not intend to imply by this that the racist and religious Right was an exclu-
sively Southern phenomenon. Clearly it was not. The Dearborn Independent, National
Socialist World, Father Charles Coughlin, Carl McIntire, the apex of the Ku Klux
Klan’s political reach, the Aryan Nations, the militias, the Posse Comitatus, and the
origins and luxuriant growth of Christian Identity all occurred well outside of Dixie.
Detroit is currently the official headquarters of the National Socialist Movement. But
I would guess that there are few parts of the United States where public discourse
and institutions have such a pronounced and pervasive lurch to the right end of the
theological, cultural, and political spectrum as they do in the South. See Aho, The
Politics of Righteousness; Applebome, Dixie Rising; Barkun, Religion and the Racist
Right; Bennett, The Party of Fear; Chalmers, Hooded Americanism; Crawford, Thun-
der on the Right; Ford, The International Jew; Kaplan, Encyclopedia of White Power;
Klassen, The White Man’s Bible; Levitas, The Terrorist Next Door; Lipset and Raab,
The Politics of Unreason; Martin, With God on Our Side; Quarles, Christian Identity;
Ridgeway, Blood in the Face; Stern, A Force upon the Plain; Walters, One Aryan Nation
under God; and Zeskind, Blood Politics, and The “Christian Identity” Movement. For
other perspectives, see Lassiter and Crespino, The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism.
7. McGreevy, Catholicism and American Freedom, 7.
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