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Author Walker, Anders, author.

Title The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America / Anders Walker.

Publication Info. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
2018

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Description xi, 290 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Occupation/field of activity group: occ University and college faculty members lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-286) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The briar patch -- The white mare -- Inner conflict -- Invisible man -- The color curtain -- Intruder in the dust -- Fire next time -- Everything that rises must converge -- Who speaks for the Negro? -- The demonstrators -- Mockingbirds -- The cantos -- Regents v. Bakke -- The last lynching -- Beyond the peacock -- Missouri v. Jenkins -- Conclusion.
Summary A startling and gripping reexamination of the Jim Crow era, as seen through the eyes of some of the most important American writers. In this dramatic reexamination of the Jim Crow South, Anders Walker demonstrates that racial segregation fostered not simply terror and violence, but also diversity, one of our most celebrated ideals. He investigates how prominent intellectuals like Robert Penn Warren, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O'Connor, and Zora Neale Hurston found pluralism in Jim Crow, a legal system that created two worlds, each with its own institutions, traditions, even cultures. The intellectuals discussed in this book all agreed that black culture was resilient, creative, and profound, brutally honest in its assessment of American history. By contrast, James Baldwin likened white culture to a "burning house," a frightening place that endorsed racism and violence to maintain dominance. Why should black Americans exchange their experience for that? Southern whites, meanwhile, saw themselves preserving a rich cultural landscape against the onslaught of mass culture and federal power, a project carried to the highest levels of American law by Supreme Court justice and Virginia native Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Anders Walker shows how a generation of scholars and judges has misinterpreted Powell's definition of diversity in the landmark case Regents v. Bakke, forgetting its Southern origins and weakening it in the process. By resituating the decision in the context of Southern intellectual history, Walker places diversity on a new footing, independent of affirmative action but also free from the constraints currently placed on it by the Supreme Court. With great clarity and insight, he offers a new lens through which to understand the history of civil rights in the United States. -- From dust jacket.
Subject African Americans -- Segregation -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights. (OCoLC)fst00799575
African Americans -- Segregation. (OCoLC)fst00799695
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Southern States. (OCoLC)fst01244550
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300223989 (hardcover)
0300223986 (hardcover)

 
    
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