Nell Irvin Painter on the Impetus of Violence

With the possibility of military intervention as a curb to political violence effectively ruled out, rural Southern Black voters faced dangers virtually unheard of in Northern or Southern cities, for bulldozing was a characteristically rural phenomenon. Not surprisingly, therefore, questions of sheer bodily safety obsessed rural Black people; in contrast, urban dwellers could afford to theorize about political practice in comparative safety. Black men in town might tire of the bloody shirt and press for fiscal reform in government, but in the country the bloody shirt remained the most compelling issue of the day.

  • P.27, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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