The Strange Career of Jim Crow
by C. Vann Woodward

It is a small, well-written history of race integration in America. The surprising thing about it is that the anti-integration and anti-black laws were introduced in the South in the late 1890s. These were called "Jim Crow" laws, but the reason for that name is lost in antiquity. Prior to the 1890s Southern blacks and whites lived in the same neighborhoods, traded in the same stores and restaurants, rode the same trains, and so on. The book gives the history of how this changed and how racism and segregation grew.

Year Read: 1993


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