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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism - James W. Loewen
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
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No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a "sundown" town. In his trademark revelatory style, bestselling author James W. Loewen explores one of America's best-kept secrets as he unearths the making of sundown towns and discloses the fact that many white... show more
No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a "sundown" town. In his trademark revelatory style, bestselling author James W. Loewen explores one of America's best-kept secrets as he unearths the making of sundown towns and discloses the fact that many white neighborhoods and suburbs are the result of years of racism and segregation. Anna, Illinois; Darien, Connecticut; and Cedar Key, Florida, are just a few examples of the thousands of all-white towns established between 1890 and 1968, many of which still exist today. White residents of these towns used any means possible -- including the law, harassment, race riots, and even murder -- to keep African Americans and other minority groups out. Powerful and unprecedented, Sundown Towns tells the story of how these towns came into existence, what maintains them, and what to do about them. It also deepens our understanding of the role racism has played and continues to play in our society.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743294485 (0743294483)
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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catpdx
catpdx rated it
4.0 Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
Valuable research here, though I agree with another reviewer that it’s best read in conjunction with other books on U.S. history and race relations (particularly those regarding overarching, oppressive structural changes: a proliferation of racist laws and the growing prison system, for example, or ...
notemily
notemily rated it
This is a difficult book to read. Not the language, or the way it's written (although the endnotes are annoying; I recommend using two bookmarks), but the subject matter. Loewen lays out, in methodical detail, all of the ways white Americans have utterly screwed over black Americans with residential...
Oliviate
Oliviate rated it
A significant work of history, and a very eye-opening read about the way that racism and income inequality reinforce and perpetuate one another. I wonder what if anything has changed since the crash of the housing market, and -- though this is a tiny, tiny criticism in an otherwise stunning pile of ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
Aargh! Reading this is just maddening. I hate that sundown towns have ever existed, and I hate that so many segregate communities still exist.
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