• $20.99

Publisher Description

During the civil rights era, Atlanta thought of itself as "The City Too Busy to Hate," a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: "The City Too Busy Moving to Hate."

In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of "white flight" in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.

Challenging the conventional wisdom that white flight meant nothing more than a literal movement of whites to the suburbs, this book argues that it represented a more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved. In a provocative revision of postwar American history, Kruse demonstrates that traditional elements of modern conservatism, such as hostility to the federal government and faith in free enterprise, underwent important transformations during the postwar struggle over segregation. Likewise, white resistance gave birth to several new conservative causes, like the tax revolt, tuition vouchers, and privatization of public services. Tracing the journey of southern conservatives from white supremacy to white suburbia, Kruse locates the origins of modern American politics.

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July 11
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press

Customer Reviews

Morgan (lol) ,

Amazing Book

I saw where right wing media told folks to try and poorly rank this book...but word got out. Hatred leads stupid people to do stupid things.

donasrd2 ,

E-book price gouging by Apple Books!

I quite agree with Mr. McKenny before me, that $21 is too much to pay for an e-book (never mind the many academic & university press titles rolling out digital copies individually priced at $50-$100 and higher!). I try to purchase my e-books on Apple Books because it is a vastly superior platform to the clunky, frustrating, error-prone Kindle. But Amazon’s lower prices, often 1/2 of what Apple Books charges, usually dictate my purchasing decisions (n.b. In this instance, however, the price differential is about $3.50 lower at Amazon for White Flight (Amazon e-book $17.49); not a dramatic difference, still seems a stiff price for what is, after all, true of any & all ebooks, that they are merely an image and thus not something one “owns” per se. The pricing of ebooks is certainly mysterious, likely as intended, to the consumer. It is not uncommon to see, for example, what seems counterintuitive, that the ebook costs as much or often more (!) than the physical, hard bound book version of the same title.

Mr. McKenny ,

Waiting for price drop.

Have read other work from Kruse and have had this on my list for awhile, but $21 for an ebook seems... excessive?

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