The Silent Majority stands as a landmark in a new generation of scholarship on the American South. Matthew Lassiter is spot on in his dissection of the myths of de facto segregation, national innocence, and southern distinctiveness. Rejecting a narrative that revolves around individual racism, he shows us how we arrived at our current dilemmas. This book is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand how the North and the South have converged around an 'intractable landscape of racial apartheid' in which class ideologies and divisions play a central role."—Jacquelyn Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director, Southern Oral History Program.
Matthew D. Lassiter, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan, is coeditor of The Moderates' Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia.