Remembering Jim Crow by William Henry Chafe
African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

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Published in association with Lyndhurst Books of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South is the "viscerally powerful... compilation of firsthand accounts of the Jim Crow era" (Publisher's Weekly). Based on interviews collected by the Behind the Veil Project at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, this remarkable book presents for the first time the most extensive oral history ever compiled of African American life under segregation.

Men and women from all walks of life tell how their most ordinary activities were subjected to profound and unrelenting racial oppression. Yet Remembering Jim Crow is also a testament to how black southerners fought back against the system--raising children, building churches and schools, running businesses, and struggling for respect in a society that denied them the most basic rights. The result is a powerful story of individual and community survival.

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"A 'landmark book.'" —Publisher's Weekly, "The Year in Books"

"This is not just an oral history for the South, but for us all. It is a sobering reminder of the mistakes this nation has made, a hopeful reflection on how far we have come." —Kansas City Star
 

About William Henry Chafe

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Gavins is professor of history at Duke University. Korstad is project director of Behind the Veil and an associate professor of public policy studies and history at Duke University.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by New Press, The. 386 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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"Old people knew things that we'll probably never know," confides one interview subject in this viscerally powerful book and compact disc compilation of firsthand accounts of the Jim Crow era.

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