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The Strange Career of Jim Crow
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VINE VOICEon April 30, 2017
I'm tempted to give five stars -- this book is so important for the information it contains, the analysis it presents, and the influence it had on the civil rights movement in the United States. On the other hand, it suffers from academese, overly long sentences with almost countless subclauses of polysyllabic Latinate words, and the final section of the book, covering the period after 1955, is of much lower quality than what came before. It is comparatively jumbled and without the same depth of insight.

On balance, every American should know the material in this book. Blacks so they know the history of public policy addressing them, whites so they understand why black people are angry about it, and everybody because it contains a lot of wisdom about political reaction and the harm it can wreak.
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on October 1, 2017
This is a succinct but powerful message about the current state of race relations and how it came to be. We must use this study to improve this deplorable condition we find ourselves in.
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on July 7, 2017
Birthday present for a Southern Gentlemen who actually doesn't know everything about the south. Much appreciated for its scholarship and historical sweep.
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on August 24, 2015
CVW only 2nd author ive read with 2 Pulitzer prizes - well deserved
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on May 15, 2016
I had to read this book for class, it really gives a good understanding of Jim Crow laws.
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on October 4, 2016
This book is an eye opener, especially for those of us who think we know the history of racial problems in America. A must read for everyone. But be prepared to take it slow. In places it is as dense as a college history course with a lot of detail.
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on April 23, 2017
Good read.
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on July 25, 2015
excellent background for reading The New Jim Crow
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on March 10, 2016
As one who lived in the South during the last years of segregation, I thought I knew its essentials, but this book really illuminated the evolution and consequences of this vile institution.
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on May 15, 2017
Essential reading for any Southerner.
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