Analysis of C. Van Woodward´s The Strange Career of Jim Crow

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C. Vann Woodward, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was America's most Southern historian and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize, for Mary Chestnut's Civil War and he’s also a Bancroft Prize for The Origins of the New South. In honor to his long and adventurous career, Oxford is pleased to publish this special commemorative edition of Woodward's most influential work, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. The Strange Career of Jim Crow is one of the great works of Southern history. The book actually helped shape that historical curve of black liberation its not slowed movement it’s more like a rollercoaster. It says the book was published in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered schools desegregated upon blacks and whites.
The book itself “Strange Career of Jim Crow” was cited so often to counter arguments for segregation so that Martin Luther King, Jr. called it "the historical Bible of the civil rights movement." The book explains a clear and understanding 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 that two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s. Reconstruction went further than usual until it rolled back in the 1890s.The segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region. It reached as one of the top 100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century, The Strange Career of Jim Crow has sold almost a million copies and remains, in the words of David Herbert Donald, "a landmark in the history of American race relations."
This was very interesting book in that it gives a perspective on the Civil Rights struggle as it was taking pl...

... middle of paper ... during slavery I might add, but this time they were free, had access to property, shopped where whites shopped, lived side by side. I say again in this review, location, location, location. The north had slaves, the south had slaves, and the north had segregation--first. This book reminds us as we romanticize the north it also has a past. I recommend this book to any teacher or person wanting to know the real history of segregation between blacks and whites in America and to remember history repeats itself. When you read this book, like me, you will see classism came into play, and the danger is when people lose jobs, quality of life, they look for someone to blame, thus we have the next book I've read called The New Jim Crow. I say this book like Martin Luther King said, is the bible of civil rights in America and a must read. Write on, write on C. Vann Woodward

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