The Kings of Mississippi: race, religious education, and the making of a middle-class black family in the segregated South

"The King family was a 20th century anomaly - a middle class black family living in rural Mississippi. Academic studies, mainstream writing, and anecdotes corroborate the same reality - that blacks living in the historic South experienced deleterious conditions due to racism, segregation, and d...

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Authors: Barnes, Sandra L. ; Blanford-Jones, Benita 1973-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge New York Port Melbourne New Delhi Singapore Cambridge University Press 2019
Series/Journal:Cambridge studies in stratification economics : economics and social identity
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B USA / Africans / Family / Middle class / Racial discrimination / Religious education
Further subjects:B African American families (Mississippi) Social conditions 20th century
B Middle class African Americans (Mississippi) Social conditions 20th century
B King family
B Middle class families (Mississippi) Social conditions 20th century
Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:"The King family was a 20th century anomaly - a middle class black family living in rural Mississippi. Academic studies, mainstream writing, and anecdotes corroborate the same reality - that blacks living in the historic South experienced deleterious conditions due to racism, segregation, and de jure as well as de facto discrimination. Whether prior to or during Reconstruction or as a result of Jim Crow, they were subjected to profound and unrelenting economic, political, legal, and social oppression, often accompanied by the threat of violence, particularly lynching. How did black families navigate these systemic, oppressive conditions daily? What strategies did they use? And how could becoming middle class be possible? This book presents the lives and experiences of seven generations of a black family that originated in Mississippi. Limited mixed-methodological, multi- disciplinary research has been performed on this topic. This book is one response to this omission. We rely on sociology and ecology (or a socio-ecological lens) as well their own voices to examine how race, religion, education and their intersection as a familial ethos influenced economic and non-economic outcomes of the King family. Empirical reports document the context"--
Introduction: a black family from Mississippi as a socio-ecological phenomenon -- "My own land and a milk cow": race, space, class, and gender as embedded elements of a black southern terrain -- "Bikes or lights": familial decisions in the context of inequality -- "Getting to the school on time": formal education and beyond -- "Jesus and the juke joint": blurred and bordered boundaries and boundary crossing -- "Keeping God's favor": contemporary black families and systemic change -- Conclusion: "what would Big Mama do?" Activation and routinization of a black family's ethos
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:1108424066