The Accident Of Color: A Story Of Race In Reconstruction
by Daniel Brook
- Society & Culture, American History
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The rise and fall of the first civil rights movement
In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook journeys to nineteenth-century New Orleans and Charleston to introduce us to cosmopolitan residents who elude the racial categories the rest of America takes for granted.
During Reconstruction, a movement arises as mixed-race elites make common cause with the formerly enslaved in a bid to achieve equality for all. Activists peacefully integrate streetcars and, for a time, some public schools and the University of South Carolina are educating students of all backgrounds side by side.
Tragically, the achievements of this movement are swept away by a violent political backlash, culminating in the Jim Crow laws that legalize segregation and usher in the binary racial regime that rules us to this day.
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|Release Date:||June 18, 2019|