American Nightmare The History of Jim Crow

ISBN-10: 031230241X

ISBN-13: 9780312302412

Edition: Revised 

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For a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, a quarter of all Americans lived under a system of legalized segregation called Jim Crow. Together with its rigidly enforced canon of racial "etiquette," these rules governed nearly every aspect of life—and outlined draconian punishments for infractions. The purpose of Jim Crow was to keep African Americans subjugated at a level as close as possible to their former slave status. Exceeding even South Africa's notorious apartheid in the humiliation, degradation, and suffering it brought, Jim Crow left scars on the American psyche that are still felt today. American Nightmare examines and explains Jim Crow from its beginnings to its end: how it came into being, how it was lived, how it was justified, and how, at long last, it was overcome only a few short decades ago. Most importantly, this book reveals how a nation founded on principles of equality and freedom came to enact as law a pervasive system of inequality and virtual slavery. Although America has finally consigned Jim Crow to the historical graveyard, Jerrold Packard shows why it is important that this scourge—and an understanding of how it happened—remain alive in the nation's collective memory.
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Prologue: Coming Home
Starting from the Very Beginning
Slavery Transformed Into Peonage, 1865-1896
Into the Night: the Early Twentieth Century
Full-Blown Jim Crow: Between the Wars
How White America Rationalized Jim Crow
The War Years
Getting to the End
The Last Years
Bibliography
Index
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