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The Resource Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism, James W. Loewen

Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism, James W. Loewen

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Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism
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Sundown towns
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a hidden dimension of American racism
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James W. Loewen
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2005.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ According to bestselling sociologist Loewen (Lies My Teacher Told Me ), "something significant has been left out of the broad history of race in America as it is usually taught," namely the establishment between 1890 and 1968 of thousands of "sundown towns" that systematically excluded African-Americans from living within their borders. Located mostly outside the traditional South, these towns employed legal formalities, race riots, policemen, bricks, fires and guns to produce homogeneously Caucasian communities—and some of them continue such unsavory practices to this day. Loewen's eye-opening history traces the sundown town's development and delineates the extent to which state governments and the federal government, "openly favor[ed] white supremacy" from the 1930s through the 1960s, "helped to create and maintain all-white communities" through their lending and insuring policies. "While African Americans never lost the right to vote in the North... they did lose the right to live in town after town, county after county," Loewen points out. The expulsion forced African-Americans into urban ghettoes and continues to have ramifications on the lives of whites, blacks and the social system at large. Admirably thorough and extensively footnoted, Loewen's investigation may put off some general readers with its density and statistical detail, but the stories he recounts form a compelling corrective to the "textbook archetype of interrupted progress." As the first comprehensive history of sundown towns ever written, this book is sure to become a landmark in several fields and a sure bet among Loewen's many fans. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed July 25, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 29, p55)
  • Loewen (sociology, emeritus, Univ. of Vermont), who received the American Book Award for Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong , here offers a passionate and encyclopedic first account of the towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods throughout the United States that enforced the exclusion of minorities within their borders. Focusing on African Americans during the 20th century, Loewen shows in enormous detail that hundreds of localities, either formally or informally, prevented blacks from living in their municipalities or even appearing in them after dark. He discusses the nature, causes, and long-term impact of these practices and concludes that although signs no longer appear at city limits warning blacks to get out before dark, the sundown attitudes remain too common among many Americans. Although this book is too long by half and relies too much upon hearsay evidence, it belongs in most libraries, especially those in former sundown towns!—A. O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN --A. O. Edmonds (Reviewed October 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 16, p94)
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Loewen, James W
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non fiction
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  • African Americans
  • Cities and towns
  • Suburbs
  • City and town life
  • Suburban life
  • Discrimination in housing
  • Racism
  • United States
  • United States
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a hidden dimension of American racism
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Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism, James W. Loewen
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [457]-524) and index
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24 cm
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x, 562 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781565848870
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2005043855
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Label
Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism, James W. Loewen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [457]-524) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
513878
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 562 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781565848870
Lccn
2005043855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
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  • (Sirsi) i9781565848870
  • (Sirsi) ADS-6131

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