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Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America Hardcover – April 22, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1469607207 ISBN-10: 1469607204 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469607204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469607207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Yellin's work is lucid and illuminating. He provides a thorough, readable, and well-rounded narrative filled with vivid examples and sharp analysis."--Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

"[A] thoroughly researched and artfully crafted book."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A very compelling read."--History: Reviews of New Books

"This is an excellent, well-researched, and well-written study. Yellin's diverse sources are impressive as is his ability to weave them into a tight analysis."-- Journal of American History

"Yellin makes an important contribution to our understanding of 'white supremacy.'"--Journal of Interdisciplinary History


"Yellin's well-written treatise reminds readers how far the U.S. has come in its quest for racial equality. Recommended. Most levels/libraries."--Choice

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"This is a highly readable and compelling narrative based on extraordinary research. Yellin fills in a crucial gap in the history of sanctioned segregation and its effect between Plessy and Brown and illuminates a crucial shift in the way institutional racism worked and was largely accepted, despite extensive efforts to prevent it from taking hold. This is a story manifestly worth telling, and Yellin does so in outstanding fashion."--Howard Gillette Jr., Rutgers University-Camden

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on August 22, 2013
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In this fascinating and gripping work Yellin exposes how, under the guise of "reform," the federal government fought back decades of African-American progress in America. Yellin focuses on Washington DC, on how African-Americans in that city used the civil service system at the turn of the century to create vibrant middle class communities. Yellin goes on to show how eventually, tragically the Wilson administration tore apart this system and replaced it with one more deeply dedicated to segregation and repression. The book explores the lives of several men and women wrestling with this change, attempting to find justice in an unjust city. Yellin then elegantly uses these once-lost lives to explore the American experience of race and government power. This is an epic story that is not known but should be. I could not put this book down. Highly recommended.
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By Mrs. I. on June 15, 2014
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A chapter in American History that has been overlooked in the history books. The author researched the Wilson administration extensively on the issue of racism and tells the story through average Americans who were affected by it. A great read.
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