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Not free, not for all : public libraries in the age of Jim Crow

Author: Cheryl Knott
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2015]
Series: Studies in print culture and the history of the book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Americans tend to imagine their public libraries as time-honored advocates of equitable access to information for all. Through much of the twentieth century, however, many black Americans were denied access to public libraries or allowed admittance only to separate and smaller buildings and collections. While scholars have examined and continue to uncover the history of school segregation, there has been much less  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Knott
ISBN: 9781625341785 1625341784 9781625341778 1625341776
OCLC Number: 910596088
Description: x, 312 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The culture of print in a context of racism --
Carnegie public libraries for African Americans --
Solidifying segregation --
Faltering systems --
Change and continuity --
Erecting libraries, constructing race --
Books for black readers --
Reading the race-based library --
Opening access.
Series Title: Studies in print culture and the history of the book.
Responsibility: Cheryl Knott.
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Americans tend to imagine their public libraries as time-honored advocates of equitable access to information for all. Through much of the twentieth century, however, many black Americans were denied access to public libraries or allowed admittance only to separate and smaller buildings and collections. While scholars have examined and continue to uncover the history of school segregation, there has been much less research published on the segregation of public libraries in the Jim Crow South. In fact, much of the writing on public library history has failed to note these racial exclusions. In Not Free, Not for All, Cheryl Knott traces the establishment, growth, and eventual demise of separate public libraries for African Americans in the South, disrupting the popular image of the American public library as historically welcoming readers from all walks of life.

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