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Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

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Described by Publishers Weekly as the "viscerally powerful . . . compilation of firsthand accounts of the Jim Crow era, " Remembering Jim Crow is now available in paperback. Based on interviews collected by the Behind the Veil Project at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, this remarkable book presents the most extensive oral history ever of African American ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by The New Press (first published November 1st 2000)
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Oct 22, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
A bit repetitive, but what this book does disturbingly, hauntingly well is to strip away the mere offhanded regret it is easy to feel over the Jim Crow era and reveal the phenomenon for what it was and is: an American Holocaust, no less shocking or brutal than the horrors of Nazi Germany. Books like this -- plain, unvarnished accounts of everyday life -- cut to the very heart of what the study of history is supposed to accomplish: a warning against evil and a memorial to its victims.
Oct 16, 2015 Buffy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the stories in this book. I feel like a huge part of my history was missed out when I was in school. We learned about slavery and that it was bad and we learned a bit about desegregation but we weren't really taught about the stuff in between. Of course, I suppose it makes sense that institutionalised racism isn't going to be taught by an institution that institutionalised racism. I hope that more of my white American brothers and sisters will read this to understand wha ...more
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it it was amazing
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Christina Simmons
Feb 23, 2016 Christina Simmons rated it it was amazing
An incredibly moving but horrifying account of the daily terrors and humiliations imposed on African Americans by white people under Jim Crow. From constant reminders to stay in their (subordinate) place, to substantial cheating and theft of black wealth, to threats and violent actions and murder, the racial regime was overwhelming. Hard to read but important for all of us to remember.
Scott Burton
Mar 26, 2015 Scott Burton rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This was a very moving book. It was amazing to read so many first hand accounts of abuse and feel so little anger coming from those who experienced it. There was such dignity in so many of the accounts. Too bad my own white folk couldn't have had a little more dignity. The racial insecurity they exhibit by their abuses is embarrassing. Such poor treatment of others by my race is, of course shameful. I lived in the south for a little over a decade and often felt that African Americans with whom I ...more
Carolyn Bay
Dec 08, 2014 Carolyn Bay rated it it was amazing
A powerful book. No polemics, not overly preachy. Just individuals relating their personal stories of a past, but never-to-be-forgotten time. In their telling, the history is told and the point is made. A must-read.
Diana Hayes
Fascinating, challenging, painful reading of a time which is not so far behind us.
 James Le
Mar 29, 2016 James Le rated it really liked it
This book really helped me with my research project as well as giving me a visual image of life in the jim crow era.
Julius Lollis
Jun 18, 2015 Julius Lollis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read but long

This book had great testimonials about life in the segregated south. However, some of the testimonials seemed like they were repeating themselves from earlier chapters. I would still recommend this book if you want a ride through history to see race relations in the segregated south.
Ayne Ray
Feb 26, 2010 Ayne Ray rated it really liked it
A fascinating compilation of eyewitness histories dealing with racial oppression and segregation. The accompanying CD makes the stories spring to life and serves as a powerful oral history of the most difficult era of racial inequality in American history.
Jan 01, 2009 Karyn rated it it was amazing
Actually, 'listened'. I checked this out on CD from the library. There is hardly any narration, just people telling stories about totally unjust things that happened to them and their families.
Jan 11, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
the first person accounts are effective - it's interesting to hear the people that lived history discuss it from their personal perspective.
Jan 30, 2008 Tama rated it it was amazing
This book documents the stories of life in the South under Jim Crow. An important book about something that mattered then, and matters today...
Sep 27, 2012 jane rated it liked it
A bit repetitive. Disturbing stories. Listened to it as an audio book.
May 15, 2009 Yveva added it
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excellent first-person recollections from the 1930s-60s.
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Mar 14, 2013 Michael Thomas rated it it was amazing
My gosh, and so my quests and thirst begins..
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