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Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism - 05 edition

Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780743294485

ISBN10: 0743294483

Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen - ISBN 9780743294485
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Published: 2005
International: No
Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen - ISBN 9780743294485

ISBN13: 9780743294485

ISBN10: 0743294483

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

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.