Sundown Towns A Hidden Dimension of America Racism

ISBN-10: 156584887X

ISBN-13: 9781565848870

Edition: 2005

Authors: James W. Loewen

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The explosive story of racial exclusion in the north, from the American Book Award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me As American as apple pie: • Most suburbs in the United States were originally sundown towns. • As part of the deepening racism that swept through the United States after 1890, town after town outside the traditional South became intentionally all-white, evicting their black populations with tactics that ranged from intimidation to outright violence. • From Myakka City, Florida, to Kennewick, Washington, the nation is dotted with thousands of all-white towns that are (or were until recently) all-white on purpose. Sundown towns can be found in almost every state. "Don't let the sun go down on you in this town." We equate these words with the Jim Crow South but, in a sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, award-winning and bestselling author James W. Loewen demonstrates that strict racial exclusion was the norm in American towns and villages from sea to shining sea for much of the twentieth century. Weaving history, personal narrative, and hard-nosed analysis, Loewen shows that the sundown town wasand isan American institution with a powerful and disturbing history of its own, told here for the first time. In Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, sundown towns were created in waves of violence in the early decades of the twentieth century, and then maintained well into the contemporary era. Sundown Towns redraws the map of race relations, extending the lines of racial oppression through the backyard of millions of Americansand lobbing an intellectual hand grenade into the debates over race and racism today.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 9/29/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 562
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Social scientist and professor James Loewen is an outspoken critic of "feel-good" history. In his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong" (1996) he debunks the myths and exposes the omissions he feels are taught in the nation's high schools. Disturbed by his college students' lack of knowledge of history and concerned about minority misconceptions, Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian analyzing 12 leading history texts and 11 years writing this best-selling indictment of history teaching. Loewen believes that controversy has been removed from classrooms in favor of blind patriotism. "Any history book that celebrates, rather than examines, our heritage has the by-product, intended or not, of alienating all those in the 'out group', those who have not become affluent, and denies them a tool for understanding their own group's lack of success." Loewen's other books include ""Mississippi: Conflict and Change" (1974, rev. 1980), a revisionist history of the state written with a coalition of students and faculty at Tougaloo College, Mississippi; "Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White" (1971), a study of this minority's role in society; "Social Science in the Courtroom" (1983), based on the author's experiences as an expert witness in civil rights cases and "The Truth About Columbus: A Subversively True Poster Book For A Dubiously Celebratory Occasion" (1992). In addition, the author is a frequent contributor to professional publications, sometimes under the pseudonym James Lyons. James W. Loewen was born February 6, 1942 in Decatur, Illinois and was educated at Carleton College (B.A., 1964) and Harvard University (M.A, 1967; Ph.D., 1968). He was a sociologist and teacher specializing in race relations at Tougaloo College, Mississippi from 1968 to 1974.

Note to the Reader
Introduction
The Importance of Sundown Towns
The Nadir: Incubator of Sundown Towns
The History of Sundown Towns
The Great Retreat
How Sundown Towns Were Created
Sundown Suburbs
The Sociology of Sundown Towns
Underlying Causes
Catalysts and Origin Myths
Hidden in Plain View: Knowing and Not Knowing About Sundown Towns
Sundown Towns in Operation
Enforcement
Exceptions to the Sundown Rule
Effects of Sundown Towns
The Effect of Sundown Towns on Whites
The Effect of Sundown Towns on Blacks
The Effect of Sundown Towns on the Social System
The Present and Future of Sundown Towns
Sundown Towns Today
The Remedy: Integrated Neighborhoods and Towns
Methodological Notes on Table 1
Notes
Photography Credits and Permissions
Index
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