From Library Journal
McMillen's sequel of sorts to Vernon Lane Wharton's classic The Negro in Mississippi , 1865-1890 (1947; Greenwood, 1984. reprint) describes the origins, development, and enforcement of the color-caste system in perhaps the most race-haunted state--Mississippi--where nearly one in ten black Americans lived in 1890. He lays bare the raw and ugly lynchings and the coarse legal inequities that formed the sinews of white supremacy between 1890 and 1940. He seeks also to show blacks' view of Jim Crow and to describe it in their words. He is best at capturing the structure of race relations and at presaging the milieu of civil rights change. His state study complements Herbert Shapiro's White Violence and Black Response: From Reconstruction to Montgomery (LJ 2/1/88). For Afro-American, local, Southern, and race relations collections.- Thomas J. Davis, African American Studies, SUNY at Buffalo
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