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Jul 27, 1999
| ISBN 9780375702631
Nov 17, 2010
| ISBN 9780307773227
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Jul 27, 1999 | ISBN 9780375702631
Nov 17, 2010 | ISBN 9780307773227
A searing history of life under Jim Crow that recalls the bloodiest and most repressive period in the history of race relations in the United States—and the painful record of discrimination that haunts us to this day. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Been in the Storm So Long.“The stain of Jim Crow runs deep in 20th-century America…. Its effects remain the nation’s most pressing business. Trouble in Mind is an absolutely essential account of its dreadful history and calamitous legacy.” —The Washington PostIn April 1899, Black laborer Sam Hose killed his white boss in self-defense. Wrongly accused of raping the man’s wife, Hose was mutilated, stabbed, and burned alive in front of 2,000 cheering whites. His body was sold piecemeal to souvenir seekers; an Atlanta grocery displayed his knuckles in its front window for a week.Drawing on new documentation and first-person accounts, Litwack describes the injustices—both institutional and personal—inflicted against a people. Here, too, are the Black men and women whose activism, literature, and music preserved the genius of the human spirit.
Leon F. Litwack, PhD is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery, and North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States,… More about Leon F. Litwack
“The most complete and moving account we have had of what the victims of the Jim Crow South suffered and somehow endured.” —C. Vann Woodward“Moving, elegant, earthy and pointed. . . . It forces us to reckon with the tragic legacies of freedom as well as of slavery. And it reminds us of the resilience and creativity of the human spirit.” —Steven Hahn, The San Diego Union-Tribune“A chilling reminder of how simple it has been for Americans to delude themselves about the power of race.” —The Raleigh News & Observer
1. Baptisms2. Lessons3. Working4. White Folks: Scriptures5. White Folks: Acts6. Hellhounds7. Enduring8. CrossroadsEpilogue
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