The University of Wisconsin Press

History - American


Caste and Class in a Southern Town
John Dollard
With a Foreword by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"What is a classic for but to be reread and more fully understood?"—from the foreword to the Wisconsin edition by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

An extraordinary powerful exposition of social patterns in a small town, Caste and Class in a Southern Town has become a benchmark in social science methodology and a classic in American studies. Now fifty years after its original publication, John Dollard’s most famous work offers timeless insights and remains essential to those interested in race-related social issues.

In 1937, W. E. B. Du Bois observed, "Dr. Dollard’s study is one of the most interesting and penetrating that has been made concerning the South and is marked by courage and real insight. . . . Dr. Dollard’s book marks a distinct advance in the study of the Southern scene."

John Dollard
(1900–1980) was passionate about alleviating racial injustice and was a professor at Yale. He wrote and published Criteria for the Life History (1935), Children of Bondage (1940) with Allison Davis, and Social Learning and Imitation (1941) and Personality and Psychotherapy (1950), both with N. E. Miller.

Media & bookseller inquiries regarding review copies, events, and interviews can be directed to the publicity department at or (608) 263-0734. (If you want to examine a book for possible course use, please see our Course Books page. If you want to examine a book for possible rights licensing, please see Rights & Permissions.)

March 1989
LC: 97-006432 E
484 pp. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2
ISBN-10: 0-299-12134-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-12134-1
Paper $24.95 x

The 1989 cloth edition of this book is out of print, but the paperback is still available.

Add this book to cart
Review cart contents
Secure checkout

Add titles to your shopping cart by clicking on the "Add this book to cart" link above. You can submit your order electronically, paying for it with your credit card.
Click here for a further explanation of the shopping cart feature

Never ordered from us before?
Read this first.


Home | Books | Journals | Events | Textbooks | Authors | Related | Search | Order | Contact

If you have trouble accessing any page in this web site, contact our Web manager.

Updated September 6, 2010

© 2009, The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System