The Strange Career of Jim Crow / Edition 3

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Overview

The Strange Career of Jim Crow is one of the great works of Southern history. Indeed, the book actually helped shape that history. 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.

"A witty, learned, and unsettling book...a book of permanent significance."--Robert Penn Warren

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"C. Vann Woodward's Strange Careeer is one of the most important works to an American historian of any period. Not only is Strange Career a great work of history, it is history. It is still enthralling students today."--Carlos Blanton, Rice University

"This classic study of the history of segregation in the United States still has much to teach us."--The Diversity Factor

"A unique, revealing, and 'eye-opening' volume that deals with a most sensitive aspect of U.S. history."--Arthur E. Chapman, University of Miami

Praise for previous editions:

"Excellent perspective of development of Jim Crow laws in South and , what is unusual, in the North. The revision has a good analysis of the irony of modern black separatism."--Ben F. Fordney, James Madison Univ.

"A witty, learned, and unsettling book...a book of permanent significance."--Robert Penn Warren

"A landmark in the history of American race relations."--David Herbert Donald

"I have used this work as a required reading in my freshman-level U.S. history class for twenty-two years and found it a most appropriate assignment."--Peter Sehlinger, Indiana University, Indianapolis

"Absolutely useful."--Jennie La Monte, University of New Hampshirs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195146905
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/29/2001
  • Edition description: Commemorative Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 208,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Vann Woodward was the Sterling Professor of History at Yale until his death in 1999. Among his books are Mary Chestnut's Civil War, The Origins of the New South, Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel, and The Burden of Southern History. He was also General Editor of The Oxford History of the United States. William S. McFeely won the Lincoln Prize in 1992 for Frederick Douglass and the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for Grant: A Biography. He is Abraham Baldwin Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at the University of Georgia and lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward with an Afterword by William McFeely

    C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow is an important text in the canon of American history. I first read it as an American history graduate student, and this new edition, with an afterword by William McFeely will be the delight to a new generation of graduate students who will quickly learn that they can skip reading Woodward's short book and glean the entire thesis and important criticisms of his argument from the afterword. Shame on them if do that! I encourage every educated American to carefully read this small book. It is a classic in the field of American history.

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    I really didn't like this book as much as I expected, I pictured it less historical and to have more flow to it.

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