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Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism

Author: James W Loewen
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed in the United States by Norton, 2005.
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Loewen (emeritus, sociology, U. of Vermont) exposes the history and persistence of "sundown towns," so-named for the signs often found at their corporate limits warning African Americans and other minorities not to be found in the town after dusk. He historically situates the rise of the sundown town movement in the years following the Civil War; describes the mechanisms of violence, threats, law, and policy that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Local history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James W Loewen
ISBN: 156584887X 9781565848870
OCLC Number: 58789453
Description: x, 562 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION: The importance of sundown towns --
The nadir: incubator of sundown towns --
PART II: THE HISTORY OF SUNDOWN TOWNS: The great retreat --
How sundown towns were created --
Sundown suburbs --
PART III: THE SOCIOLOGY OF SUNDOWN TOWNS: Underlying causes --
Catalysts and origin myths --
Hidden in plain view: knowing and not knowing about sundown towns --
PART IV: SUNDOWN TOWNS IN OPERATION: Enforcement --
Exceptions to the sundown rule --
PART V: EFFECTS OF SUNDOWN TOWNS: The effect of sundown towns on Whites --
The effect of sundown towns on Blacks --
The effect of sundown towns on the social system --
PART VI: THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SUNDOWN TOWNS: Sundown towns today --
The remedy: integrated neighborhoods and towns --
Appendix : Methodological notes on Table 1.
Responsibility: James W. Loewen.

Abstract:

Loewen (emeritus, sociology, U. of Vermont) exposes the history and persistence of "sundown towns," so-named for the signs often found at their corporate limits warning African Americans and other minorities not to be found in the town after dusk. He historically situates the rise of the sundown town movement in the years following the Civil War; describes the mechanisms of violence, threats, law, and policy that were used to force minorities out of Northern and Western towns into the big cities; and charts the continued existence of such communities. In considering the sociology of sundown towns he investigates the causes that underlie the existence of sundown towns and discusses why the phenomena has remained largely hidden. The social costs of sundown towns on whites, blacks, and the social system are then detailed and recommendations for fixing this blight on the body politic are proffered. Includes information on Anna, (Illinois), anti Semitism, Appalachian region, Appleton (Wisconsin), Arkansas, Asian Americans, Atlanta (Georgia), Berwyn (Illinois), Beverly Hills (California), black Americans, Boley (Oklahoma), Brown v. Board of Education, George W. Bush, Buchanan v. Warley, Cairo (Illinois), California, Chicago (Illinois), Chinese Americans, Cicero (Illinois), Corbin (Kentucky), Cullman (Alabama), Darien (Connecticut), Dearborn (Michigan), Democratic Party, Detroit (Michigan), Du Quoin (Illinois), economic factors, Edina (Minnesota), educational aspects, Effingham (Illinois), employment, Florida, Fond du Lac (Wisconsin), Forsyth County (Georgia), Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, Gainesville (Florida), Glendale (California), Granite City (Illinois), Great Migration, Great Retreat, Greenwich (Connecticut), Grosse Pointe (Michigan), Harrison (Arkansas), Highland Park (Texas), Idaho, Illinois, immigration, Indiana, Jews, Jonesboro (Illinois), Kenilworth (Illinois), Ku Klux Klan, legal aspects, Long Island (New York), Los Angeles (California), lynchings, Martinsville (Indiana), Medford (Oregon), Mississippi, Missouri, Native Americans, New York, Norman (Oklahoma), Oak Park (Illinois), Ohio, Ocoee (Florida), Orlando (Florida), Owosso (Michigan), Pana (Illinois), Pierce City (Missouri), Pinckneyville (Illinois), political factors, racial stereotypes, real estate aspects, Republican Party, Rosewood (Florida), segregation, Sheridan (Arkansas), signs in sundown towns, social class factors, Jones v. Mayer, Milliken v. Bradley, Plessy v. Ferguson, Shelley v. Kraemer, Valparaiso (Indiana), voting rights, Warren (Michigan), Washington, D.C., West Frankfort (Illinois), white Americans, Wisconsin, Wyandotte (Michigan), Zeigler (Illinois), etc.

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