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White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism

reviewed by P. Rudy Mattai & Jacqueline M. Williams - February 01, 2008

coverTitle: White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism
Author(s): Kevin M. Kruse
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691133867, Pages: 325, Year: 2007
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Kevin Kruse’s work, White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, ostensibly …seeks to explore not simply the effects of white flight, but the experience . . .[arguing]. . . that [white flight] represented a much more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved . . . [whereby] white southern conservatives were forced to abandon their traditional, populist, and often starkly racist demagoguery and instead craft a new conservatism predicated on a language of rights, freedom, and individualism.  (p. 6) In supporting his presumably novel characterization of white privilege, Kruse proffers what is seemingly an apology on behalf of whites, suggesting that “. . . If we truly seek to understand segregationists - not to excuse or absolve them - then we must first understand how they understood themselves” (p. 9). That understanding is rather interesting. He crafts such an understanding within the context of individual rights concluding... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 01, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14965, Date Accessed: 1/26/2021 3:49:08 PM

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  • P. Mattai
    SUNY-College at Buffalo
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    P. RUDY MATTAI, Ph.D. is Professor, Educational Foundations, SUNY-College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, currently President (2006-2009) of the Global Federation of the Associations for Teacher Education (GloFATE) and immediate Past President (2006-2007) of the Association for Teacher Educators (USA). He is the editor of the Child Studies Journal. He is also CEO & Principal Associate of Cosmos Consulting Associates, LLC, a private corporation that focuses on educational program development, assessment, evaluation and personnel recruitment internationally at all levels of private and public education. His research areas are race and ethnic issues in schooling, community and schooling, and urban education; he has published widely in those areas. He has received numerous awards and consults nationally and internationally on diversity issues and program development and evaluation.
  • Jacqueline Williams
    Edison College-Charlotte Campus
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    JACQUELINE M. WILLIAMS, Ed.D. is currently a Project Director, Edison College-Charlotte Campus, Punta Gorda, Florida where she is overseeing the development of a Collegiate Charter School. She has been an instructor in Exceptional Education in public schools in New York and Florida and has taught in both traditional and nontraditional classrooms. She is actively engaged in school board administration, pursues research activities in the area of the gifted and talented and issues of cultural diversity and schooling, and publishes in both areas. She is President of Global Educational Services which provides a vast array of consulting services in P-20 educational levels internationally and has received numerous academic awards including the Certificate of Excellence Award and a Minority Fellowship Award, SUNY-College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
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