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The Strange Career of Jim Crow: A Brief Account of Segregation
The Strange Career of Jim Crow A Brief Account of Segregation Author:C. Vann Woodward C. Vann Woodward, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was America's most eminent Southern historian, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chestnut's Civil War and a Bancroft Prize for The Origins of the New South. Now, to honor his long and truly distinguished career, Oxford is pleased to publish this special commemor... more »ative edition published by Oxford University Press, of Woodward's most influential work, The Strange Career of Jim Crow.
The Strange Career of Jim Crow was published in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered schools desegregated. Strange Career was cited so often to counter arguments for segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. called it "the historical Bible of the civil rights movement." The book offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s. Woodward convincingly shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s. In fact, during Reconstruction, there was considerable economic and political mixing of the races. The segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region.« less