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Deep South

Deep South

Deep South: A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class

Allison Davis, Burleigh B. Gardner, Mary R. Gardner
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A classic examination of the lived realities of American racism, now with a new foreword from Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

First published in 1941, Deep South is a landmark work of anthropology, documenting in startling and nuanced detail the everyday realities of American racism. Living undercover in Depression-era Mississippi-not revealing their scholarly project or even their association with one another-groundbreaking Black scholar Allison Davis and his White co-authors, Burleigh and Mary Gardner, delivered an unprecedented examination of how race shaped nearly every aspect of twentieth-century life in the United States. Their analysis notably revealed the importance of caste and class to Black and White worldviews, and they anatomized the many ways those views are constructed, solidified, and reinforced.

This reissue of the 1965 abridged edition, with a new foreword from Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson-who acknowledges the book's profound importance to her own work-proves that Deep South remains as relevant as ever, a crucial work on the concept of caste and how it continues to inform the myriad varieties of American inequality.


Allison Davis (1902-1983) was a pioneering anthropologist and longtime professor at the University of Chicago, where, in 1942, he became the first Black American to hold a full faculty position at a major white university. Burleigh B. Gardner (1902-1988) and Mary R. Gardner (1909-1983) were Harvard-trained social scientists.


  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publish Date: August 03, 2022
  • Pages: 328
  • Dimensions: 6.0 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.02 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9780226817989
  • BISAC Categories: Ethnic Studies - African American Studies, Social Classes & Economic Disparity, Regional Studies, Anthropology - Cultural & Social, Race & Ethnic Relations



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