The Strange Career of Jim Crow
Did you know there was a period after the Civil War ended where blacks and whites lived together peacefully in the South? Yeah, I didn't, either. It wasn't until the early part of 20th century that the white population -- following the lead of their Northern countrymen -- began enacting laws to restrict the movement of the African American population.
This book was eye opening. It's short -- barely over two hundred pages -- and easy to read. It's well worth your time to peruse. It debu ...more
The Strange Career of Jim Crow is a classic and a great introduction to Jim Crow. I imagine some readers will be surprised to learn the Jim Crow was born in the North and only moved to the South years later
Woodward begins his study with pre-war race relations then moves to Reconstruction, Redemption, and the repudiation of racial accommodation in the late 1800s which allowed Jim Crow and racial disenfran ...more
Of course, being written in the heat of the civil rights movement it's one of t ...more
"No real relief was in sight from the long cyclical depression of the 'nineties, an acute period of ...more
The most interesting part was what happened during the fifty years after the Civil War, when segregation as we know it did not yet exist and did not have to be invented. And yet it was. Why? Woodward offers an answer.
The book does an effective job of articulating how Jim Crow was not a strictly Southern problem. He alleges that Jim Crow policies were birthed in the North; "Segregation in complete and fully develope ...more
"Among whites, especially in the cities west of the seaboard states, there was a great preponderance of men over women, always a phenomenon of rapid urban growth. Among blacks, on the other hand, there was a great preponderance of women over men, occasioned by the practice of selling off young males to the country. Among both races the shortage was always greatest among young adults. This situation helps to account for a considerable amount of cohabitation between white men an ...more
The South’s adoption of extreme racism is due not so much to a conversion as it was to a relaxation of the opposition. All the elements of fear, jealousy, proscription, hatred, and fanaticism had long been present, as they are present in various ...more
He describes an era where newly freed slaves are transitioning into a political environment that welcomes them as they participate in the voting process. They register to vote, win elections, and take office locally and at the national level. They are becoming a part of t...more
There were a lot of things happening 150 years ago that impacted reconstruction after the Civil War.
While northerners were attempting to impress racial equality in the South, the North - while free - had seen a long history of segregation. French historian Alexis de Tocqueville wrote (pre-Civil War), "The prejudice of race appears to be stronger in the states that have abolished slavery than in those where it still exists; and nowhere ...more
Originally derived from a three lectures series delivered by Woodward in the mid-1950’s and, over the next decade and a half and expanded upon by the author to include chapters about Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and the ...more
It's been 2 months since I read it but it was a very informative book. It shed light on the origins of Jim Crow, which oddly enough, come from the North. Despite the conflict of the Civil War & resentment of losing it, there was relative peace in the aftermath. There was still violence but less of it in comparison to coming years. The violence being minimized it seems had a lot to do with familiarity as master & slave ...more
Moreover, the book has a tinge of revisionist apology to it.
Sure, Blacks were able to make civil and political inroads from Emancipation to Redemption (much imposed by legislation and backed up by military force), but I don't buy that they also made social inroads to the point of their harmoniously living side-by-side to those who viewed them as inferior ...more
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