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Before Jim Crow By Jane Dailey

Before Jim Crow by Jane Dailey

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An examination of the most successful interracial coalition in the 19th-century American South - Virginia's Readjuster Party. Melding social, cultural and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political co-operation across the colour line.

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Before Jim Crow Summary

Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia by Jane Dailey

Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics. Melding social, cultural, and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the everyday experiences of individual Virginians--from their local encounters on the sidewalk, before the magistrate's bench, in the schoolroom. In the process, she reveals the power of black and white southerners to both create and resist new systems of racial discrimination. The story of the Readjusters shows how hard white southerners had to work to establish racial domination after emancipation, and how passionately black southerners fought each and every infringement of their rights as Americans. |This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics.

About Jane Dailey

Jane Dailey, associate professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University, is coeditor of Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights.

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NLS9780807849019
9780807849019
0807849014
Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia by Jane Dailey
New
Paperback
The University of North Carolina Press
2000-12-31
292
N/A
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