White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism


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Princeton University Press
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6.31 X 9.14 X 0.81 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America and the coauthor of Fault Lines: A History of America since 1974.


"Co-Winner of the 2007 Best Book Award, Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association"
"Winner of the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association"
"Winner of the 2007 Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for the Best Book in Georgia History, Georgia Historical Society"
"In White Flight, a study of white resistance to desegregation in Atlanta, Kruse produces a panoramic and engaging portrayal of the struggle over desegregation."---Ronald Brownstein, American Prospect
"An ambitious, well-researched, and interesting study, White Flight offers a provocative examination of the connections between race and conservative politics."---Jeff Roche, Journal of American History
"Kruse presents a nuanced portrayal of the trends that fostered the growth of the suburbs and the casting aside of racist demagoguery."---Jonathan Tilove, Times-Picayune
"White Flight provides a detailed yet fascinating history of right-wing backlash against the civil rights movement that has relevance not only for historians but also for political scientists. Kevin Kruse's study deserves a wide reading."---R. Claire Snyder, New Political Science
"In his book, Kevin Kruse analyzes the ideology accompanying white flight and its ongoing impact on American politics. . . . In a beautifully written, clearly structured, and deeply researched narrative, Kruse lays out the historical processes that led to the development of modern conservatism."---Kristen O'Hare, Urban History Review
"Kruse's ultimate success lies in using history to answer contemporary political questions, and without compromising his professional standards."---Clay Risen, Nashville Scene
"In Kruse's skillful hands, Atlanta's struggle over integration takes on many of the characteristics of low-level urban warfare. . . . Kruse illuminates a key phase in American political development."---Kimberley S. Johnson, Perspectives on Politics
"Kruse provides a useful resource in the debate over the significance of race in politics. His book is thoroughly researched and well written. Students interested in modern politics and Civil Rights histories alike would greatly benefit from this work."---Jensen E. Branscombe, Southern Historian