Race Harmony and Black Progress

Race Harmony and Black Progress

Jack Woofter and the Interracial Cooperation Movement
Mark Ellis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/16/2013
Format: Hardback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01059-9
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Founded by white males, the interracial cooperation movement flourished in the American South in the years before the New Deal. The movement sought local dialogue between the races, improvement of education, and reduction of interracial violence, tending the flame of white liberalism until the emergence of white activists in the 1930s and after. Thomas Jackson (Jack) Woofter Jr., a Georgia sociologist and an authority on American race relations, migration, rural development, population change, and social security, maintained an unshakable faith in the "effectiveness of cooperation rather than agitation." Race Harmony and Black Progress examines the movement and the tenacity of a man who epitomized its spirit and shortcomings. It probes the movement’s connections with late 19th-century racial thought, Northern philanthropy, black education, state politics, the Du Bois-Washington controversy, the decline of lynching, the growth of the social sciences, and New Deal campaigns for social justice.

Author Bio

Mark Ellis is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and author of Race, War, and Surveillance: African Americans and the United States Government during World War I (IUP, 2001).


“Important and well documented. Ellis does a very good job of situating the work in an important debate over how to assess the historical contribution and value of Southern liberalism. . . . The writing is polished and clear. A book on Thomas Woofter is certainly welcome, indeed, needed.”
 — Ben Keppel, University of Oklahoma

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Table of Contents

1. Jack Woofter–The Education of a Southern Liberal
2. Thomas Jesse Jones and Negro Education
3. Migration and War
4. Will Alexander and the Commission on Interracial Cooperation
5. Dorsey, Dyer, and Lynching
6. The Limits of Interracial Cooperation
7. Northern Money and Race Studies
8. Howard Odum and the Institute for Research in Social Science

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