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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312313268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312313265
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In light of recent Congressional turmoil, this measured, and sometimes chilling, guide to the PBS series of the same name could not be more timely. Wormser, a television producer and writer, provides an illuminating, succinct history of racial discrimination in the U.S., especially in the South. The book begins in 1865 at the end of the Civil War and concludes in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education and the integration of public schools. To emphasize the tremendous obstacles African-Americans had to face in the U.S.-lynchings, substandard schools, chain gangs, low or no pay-Wormser uses personal narratives of slaves and freeman as well as the work of iconic African-American figures, such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells and Thurgood Marshall. Likewise, the positions of middle-class and well-known white segregationists-Strom Thurmond, the KKK, Andrew Johnson-are also documented. Wormser concludes that, "though Jim Crow is no longer codified in the laws, and the racial climate has decidedly improved, white supremacy is still a vital part of the American psyche." A stark account of race politics in America, this book provides an indispensable backdrop for understanding the present political scene, especially for younger readers. Songs and 80 b&w photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Jim Crow, a minstrel caricature of a black man created to amuse whites and humiliate blacks, became the symbol of post-Civil War segregation. It also became the symbol against which blacks struggled in pursuit of full rights of citizenship. In this companion book to the PBS series of the same name, Wormer, coproducer of the series, provides text and pictorial overview of the shameful history of Jim Crow practices in the U.S. The book includes more than 100 images and graphics, with historical commentary and eyewitness accounts. The focus is on the efforts of black leaders, including W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and the nascent NAACP, to eliminate the discriminatory practices of law and custom in the U.S. While usually associated with the South, the North had its own Jim Crow customs, not as onerous or as heavily enforced, but as pernicious in their intent to separate the races and secure white privilege. This is a powerful look at a shameful chapter in American history and heroic efforts to end Jim Crow's career. Vernon Ford
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roderick S. Haynes on February 4, 2014
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The period of Reconstruction is much, much more than the story of former slaves, however one of the core themes of Reconstruction is the withdrawal of Union troops by President Hayes and the subsequent implementation of Jim Crow in the late 19th century and early 20 century South. This is a shameful, compelling story of physical violence, wilful denial of voting rights, and subjugation of former slaves to the lowest economic levels of society. Even FDR was indifferent to the lynching problems in the South, in the greater interest of not antagonizing the Southern Democrats. But thankfully Eleanor R. had the generosity and understanding of the situation to constantly hound her husband into paying attention. This is an excellent coffee table book, amd more.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gena R Kyle on October 1, 2012
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This book absolutely breaks my heart. The total disregard of human life. It astonishes me that this country is still standing with all the turmoil and violience that has filled the fields and streets of this country. I wonder, where did I grow up to not know the history of my part of the country or this nation. How could we hide such horrible secrets and act like they did not happen? I got a very narrow education growing up. I have worked to broaden my education. I have bought quiet a few books to teach myself about american history. I have only begun to tap the deep secretive barrel of southern history.
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