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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820325554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820325552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this volume, Webb continues the revision process with the most important book on the subject and a must read for anyone interested in multiple areas of research. . . . Webb offer[s] outstanding additions to the literature and point[s] the way for future research."--Mark K. Bauman, American Historical Review


"Webb's research is both broad and deep. . . . [His] account is the fullest narrative that we have of what southern Jews would, could, and did do to help African-Americans."--Leonard Dinnerstein, Reviews in American History


"The strength of Webb’s study is his illumination of the context within which southern Jews operated. . . . Webb understands the dynamics of southern urban life and the diversity of southern Jewry.”--Journal of Southern History


"With lucid prose, telling personal vignettes, and drawing extensively on archives and interviews, the author fleshes out many new details about southern Jewish behavior and the context within which it must be understood. He sensitively recreates the anxieties, compelling emotional traumas, and heroism of those who did flout southern segregationist sentiments."--Choice


"Corrects conventional views about the response of southern Jews to the civil rights movement. It is revisionist history at its best."--Jerusalem Post


"An exceptionally well written, well researched book. It is an indispensable volume for those who are interested in the history of Jews in the South and those seeking to understand the many-sided historical relationship of blacks and Jews in the United States."--North Carolina Historical Review


"Fight against Fear deepens our understanding of Southern Jewish civil rights politics considerably.”--David Sheinin, Outlook


"Fight Against Fear adds much-needed complexity to all too often hastily scripted depictions of southern Jewishness during the Civil Rights movement. Webb aims to demonstrate the diversity of southern Jewish action and reaction. . . . With Fight against Fear, both sides—repressive and embattled—receive their due."--Eliza R. L. McGraw, Southern Cultures

From the Publisher

Unity and discord at the crossroads of Jewish and black life in the South.

More About the Author

Clive Webb is Professor of Modern American History at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He is the author or editor of several books on American race and ethnic relations.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Morris on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Webb offers the reader a much more nuanced and well documented analysis than previous scholars. His chapter on gender is a particularly strong contribution. It is to date the definitive work on Black and Jewish relations! In fact, anyone interested in ethnic relations cannot afford to miss this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the reader from Madison. This book adds substantially to our understanding of southern Jews since it is more balanced and nuanced than some of the stereotypical characterization that exists in much of the literature. Readers interested in a thoughtful analysis of how an ethnic minority struggled in a politically dangerous environment should consult this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a sensitively argued analysis of southern Jews at the height of the civil rights struggle. Webb strikes a fine balance in recognising the politically precarious position of southern Jews on the one hand, and the timidity that characterised their behaviour on the other. This is an impressive contribution not only to the literature on African American-Jewish relations, but to the understanding of American race relations in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Every University and college library in the United States should have a copy of this important book. Building off of the pioneering work of scholars such as Leonard Dinnerstein and Mark Bauman, Clive Webb's _Fight Against Fear_ is a major contribution to our understanding of both Jewish history and race relations in the United States. His footnotes and bibliography reveal an immense amount of research. He has visited at least twenty archives in numerous states. His analysis is as impressive as his research. Throughout the text, he portrays Jews in the South in all of their complexity. Some were outright racists who defended segregation vociferously. Others were brave citizens who fought for black civil rights even in the face of terrorism and personal danger. Still others negotiated a delicate balance between both extremes because of their uncertain place within the Southern social order. Southern Jewish life during the Civil Rights movement has never been so fully and so richly portrayed. This nuanced portrait also helps expand our understanding of race in the United States. Historians of the American South have longed envisioned their region in black and white. Professor Webb reveals that ethnicity among "whites" is an important category of analysis below the Mason-Dixon line. Those interested in Jewish history, the American South, and race relations in the twentieth century will want to buy this book.
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