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ConnexionsHistories of Race and Sex in North America$
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Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040399

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.001.0001

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If We Got That Freedom

If We Got That Freedom

“Integration” and the Sexual Politics of Southern College Women, 1940–1960

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Susan K. Cahn

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.003.0010

This chapter examines how the discourse of democracy led female students at black, white, co-ed, and single-sex colleges to agitate against rules and regulations that solidified heterosexual norms. It uncovers a moment in the early twentieth century when female students engaged in faux marriage ceremonies, in which women played the roles of groom, bride, bridesmaids, and presiding minister in full drag. Here, the chapter charts how these traditions faded in the postwar period, but in this transition, openings emerged to define new racial and sexual relations. Heterosexuality became a concerted, deliberate choice that did not naturally grow from various southern traditions. This transition also paved the way for increased women's activism in the South.

Keywords:   democracy, integration, sexual politics, Southern college women, racial relations, sexual relations, heterosexuality, women's activism

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