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The Resource The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America, Anders Walker

The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America, Anders Walker

Label
The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America
Title
The burning house
Title remainder
Jim Crow and the making of modern America
Statement of responsibility
Anders Walker
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ERASA
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Walker, Anders
Dewey number
305.896/073009041
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.W169 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • Southern States
Label
The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America, Anders Walker
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-286) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780300223989
Lccn
2017954709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1021040585
  • 2565412
Label
The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America, Anders Walker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-286) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780300223989
Lccn
2017954709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1021040585
  • 2565412

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