A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 2001
Synopses & Reviews
Described by "Publishers Weekly" as the "viscerally powerful . . . compilation of firsthand accounts of the Jim Crow era, " this remarkable book presents the most extensive oral history ever of African-American life under segregation. 50 photos.
"[V]iscerally powerful....Some of the stories are so extreme as to seem absurd....This moving, deeply instructive book reveals how 'African Americans developed their own life, hidden and estranged from the lives of white people.'" Publishers Weekly
"[P]owerful eyewitness accounts of the brutal and demeaning American apartheid....One shocking revelation for many readers is the fact that some of these appalling practices continued well into the 1970s. This powerful recollection will be avidly sought by readers interested in America's racial history." Vernon Ford, Booklist
"[A] rare opportunity....Based on about 1200 interviews and in-depth research in 25 communities and ten different states...this remarkable [book] offers intimate views into the thoughts, activities, and anxieties of black Americans and at the same time strengthens our understanding of the Jim Crow era." Library Journal
"Remembering Jim Crow is focused on [the] survivors stories and sometimes skimps on historical background....But this lack of information doesnt dampen the books impact. Many stories are so suspenseful theyre hard to put down, while others are filled with a warm humor that will have readers laughing aloud." Rebecca Skloot, Africana.com
"[A] triumph....This is not just an oral history for the South but for us all. It is a sobering reminder of the mistakes this nation has made, a hopeful reflection on how far we have come and a warning that the future hinges on remembering that "liberty and justice for all" must be more than a pledge. It must be a reality." John Mark Eberhart, Kansas City Star
Includes bibliographical references (p.-335) and index.
About the Author
William H. Chafe, project director of Behind the Veil, is dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Duke University and author of eight books.
Raymond Gavins, project director of Behind the Veil, is professor of history at Duke University and author of The Perils and Prospects of Southern Black Leadership.
Robert Korstad, project director of Behind the Veil, is an associate professor of public policy studies and history at Duke University and author of two books.