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By Susan K. Cahn

Sexual Reckonings is the attention-grabbing story of adolescent women coming of age within the South throughout the so much explosive many years for the area. targeting the interval from 1920 to 1960, Susan Cahn finds how either the lifetime of the South and the which means of formative years underwent huge, immense political, fiscal, and social shifts. these years witnessed the delivery of a latest understanding of early life and feminine sexuality that clashed mightily with the white supremacist and patriarchal legacies of the outdated South. As early life staked its declare, the our bodies and ideology of southern women turned the battlefield for a reworked South, which was once, like them, experiencing growing to be pains.

Cahn finds how younger women, either white and black, have been noticeable because the South's maximum desire and its maximum possibility. considered as severe actors in each local problem, from the commercial recession and concrete migrations of the Twenties to the racial conflicts triggered by way of institution desegregation within the Fifties, lady childrens grew to become the conspicuous topics of social coverage and local mind's eye. the entire whereas, those teenagers pursued their very own wishes and found their very own meanings, growing cracks within the dual pillars of the Jim Crow South--"racial purity" and white male dominance--that may quickly be toppled by way of the student-led civil rights stream.

Sexual Reckonings is an amazingly intimate examine a time of deep own exploration and profound cultural switch for southern ladies and for the society they inhabited, a robust account of the conflict among a society's fears and the day-by-day lives and aspirations of its such a lot prized, and unpredictable, population.

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