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Author Brook, Daniel, author.

Title The accident of color : a story of race in Reconstruction / Daniel Brook.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  305.8 BROOK    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  305.8 BROOK    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  305.8 BRO    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.8009 BROOK    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.8 BRO    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  305.8 BROOK    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  305.8009 BROOK    Check Shelf
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Edition First edition.
Description xxiv, 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary "A history of the first civil rights movement and the origins of black and white in America. When we hear "civil rights," we tend to think of the 1950s and 1960s activism that put an end to Jim Crow segregation laws. In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook takes us to New Orleans and Charleston, where before the Civil War, free, biracial people-- sometimes referred to as "browns"-- exercised many rights of citizenship. During Reconstruction, as a black- white binary displaced that nuanced tripartite system, "browns" made common cause with the formerly enslaved and allies at the fringes of whiteness. Tragically, the significant legal victories they scored together-- like desegregating streetcars and schools-- were swept away by a fierce backlash, which culminated in the Jim Crow regime. By revisiting a turning point in the evolution of America's racial system, The Accident of Color brings to life a moment from our distant past that illuminates the origins of the racial lies we live by"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: down the memory hole -- Introduction: les ambassadeurs -- Misfit metropolises -- Strange confederates -- Legally black -- Freedom riders -- Progress on parchment -- Browns versus Board of education -- Radical university -- Laws and outlaws -- The great betrayal -- Fade to black and white -- Conclusion: living the lie.
Subject Racially mixed people -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Racially mixed people -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Charleston (S.C.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Racism -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century.
Racism -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
Added Title Story of race in Reconstruction
ISBN 9780393247442 (hardcover)
0393247449 (hardcover)
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