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The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights Hardcover – July 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195181746 ISBN-10: 0195181743 Edition: 1st

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"Walker has made an important addition to the scholarship of the civil rights era. The Ghost of Jim Crow is brief, exhaustively documented...and still fresh enough to be relevant." --Tallahasee.com


"The Ghost of Jim Crow is a worthwhile addition to the historiography of the civil rights movement and its opponents that adds a previously underdeveloped layer of nuance to the academic discussion." --North Carolina Historical Review


"[Walker's] provocative and thoughtful thesis...deserves wider application and development in understanding the various and multifaceted ways in which whites responded to the prospect of school desegregation in particular and racial change more broadly." --Arkansas Historical Quarterly


"The great strength of Walker's argument is its focus on the quieter, bureaucratic attempts to preserve segregation in contrast to the massive resistance of white extremists and their political allies...well-written, extensively documented, and very interesting." --H-Net Reviews


"Walker's crisply written book is a welcome addition to white resistance historiography precisely because he draws attention away from the outspoken segregationists, who so often occupy the center of massive resistance studies, and shines a much-needed light instead on white moderates .An essential read for historians of the civil rights movement."-J. Russell Hawkins, Journal of Southern History


"Fascinating and compelling The great strength of Walker's argument is its focus on the quieter, bureaucratic attempts to preserve segregation."-Gerald N. Rosenberg, H-Law


"This is an important book written in an engaging style that makes its subject accessible
to a much broader audience than most scholarly monographs. Walker's careful mining of an array of personal political papers, court proceedings, and newspaper accounts underscores the need for additional studies of the region's moderate politicians."-Keith M. Finley, American Historical Review


Accessible and compelling. Mary L. Dudziak, Journal of American History


"Well-researched and engaging." -- The Journal of Law and History Review


About the Author


Anders Walker is Assistant Professor of Law at St. Louis University.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195181743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195181746
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Kimball on May 6, 2010
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This exhaustively researched book peels the mask off some of the most cherished myths of the civil rights movement. Author Anders Walker looks deep inside the administrations of four sixties-era deep south "progressive" governors and uncovers the mostly covert actions taken to preserve segregation. While publicly quashing the ugly, violent populist movement festering on the streets of the old south, these governors undermined the Brown V Board decision via passage of thinly veiled legislation designed to demonize and isolate the black community. The sick thing is that they failed miserably at their overall goal- preserving segregation- but succeeded in criminalizing behaviour that has disproportionally affected not only the black community but also people of all races who occupy the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder. I could go on, but Walker does so much more effectively than I could.
It takes several pages (about 20, for me) to assume Walker's dry, scholastic delivery, but once you do fall into the cadence this is a very rewarding read. Don't bother trying to keep up with the footnotes on the first go round... almost half of the printed edition is consumed with them. Save them instead for your second reading, which you will certainly want, and be sure to have a pad pencil next to you for the notes you will want to make about future reading that Walker cites.
I'd give this book five stars for content and three stars for delivery, averaged out to four stars. It may be too dry for some folk. That's their loss. The machinery of public policy and governmental power, as executed, that is laid bare in this book would be a lesson that even Noam Chomsky would find appropriate.
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By HistoryGrad2006 on January 2, 2013
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Another piece of forgotten history right here. This book examines the three "moderate" southern governors who were not so much the "evil racist" stereotype, but honestly believed that segregation was a positive influence for both the white and black races. Walker delves into personal correspondence and legislation to try to get into the mind of these governors.
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