Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant


Threatening Property:
Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods

This event includes a book signing


May 3, 2019
3:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes UMass Lowell history professor ELIZABETH A. HERBIN-TRIANT for a discussion of her debut book, Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About Threatening Property

White supremacists determined what African Americans could do and where they could go in the Jim Crow South, but they were less successful in deciding where black people could live because different groups of white supremacists did not agree on the question of residential segregation. In Threatening Property, Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant investigates early-twentieth-century campaigns for residential segregation laws in North Carolina to show how the version of white supremacy supported by middle-class white people differed from that supported by the elites. Class divides prevented Jim Crow from expanding to the extent that it would require separate neighborhoods for black and white southerners as in apartheid South Africa.


"Herbin-Triant tackles a surprisingly neglected aspect of the Jim Crow era―efforts to impose residential segregation in urban and rural areas. Insightfully integrating considerations of race and class and probing how they intersected with the defense of property rights, she sheds new light on attempts to legally separate blacks and whites. An important contribution to southern and American history. —Eric Foner, Columbia University

"Paying careful attention to social and legal processes in urban and rural contexts, Threatening Property refutes the often-unexamined notion that the rise of de jure segregation unified whites and subordinated blacks. In this pathbreaking study, Herbin-Triant reveals a crucial avenue of research for scholars and points the way forward." —Kenneth Mack, author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer

"Skillfully combining local and transnational approaches, Threatening Property reveals the class struggle underlying campaigns for residential segregation in the South, shattering the myth of a unity of interests among white southerners. Following in the tradition of C. Vann Woodward, Elizabeth Herbin-Triant offers a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of Jim Crow’s contested career." —Adrienne Monteith Petty, author of Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War

Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant
Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant

Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant

Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant is an assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she teaches courses in African-American history and the history of the U.S. South. Herbin-Triant's essays have appeared in publications including the Washington Post, the Journal of Southern History, and Agricultural History. Threatening Property is her first book.

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