Lauren Beth Acker
C.Phil U.S. History, 2009, M.A. U.S. History, UCLA, 2008, B.A. History, Cornell University, 2006
US Field, Nineteenth Century
My dissertation, "Fighting for A New Savannah: The Politics of Reform, 1885-1910," provides a glimpse into the vibrant, factional political culture of a city that defies common perceptions of the South. While still beholden to the broad outlines of the Southâ??s racial hierarchy, Savannahâ??s political movements for municipal reform revealed a more fluid political climate than is often recognized in the region. White ethnic minorities carved out a prominent place for themselves in the cityâ??s factional political culture, which also provided greater space for black political influence and reason to hope for fuller enjoyment of citizenship rights. While ultimately the forces of white supremacy and Jim Crow segregation would check the depth of reform in Savannah, exploration of municipal politics illuminates an often obscured ethnic dimension of southern political culture, and reveals important contingent moments in the history of the New South.
Joan Waugh, Brenda Stevenson
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