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The burning house : Jim Crow and the making of modern America /

Anders Walker.

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Author: Walker, Anders
Published: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
Topics: African Americans - Segregation - History - 20th century. | African Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century. | HISTORY / United States / 20th Century. | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American. | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations.
Regions: United States - Race relations - History - 20th century. | Southern States - Race relations - History - 20th century. | Southern States. | United States.
Genres: History.
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 235-286) and index.
505 00|tIntroduction --|tThe briar patch --|tThe white mare --|tInner conflict --|tInvisible man --|tThe color curtain --|tIntruder in the dust --|tFire next time --|tEverything that rises must converge --|tWho speaks for the Negro? --|tThe demonstrators --|tMockingbirds --|tThe cantos --|tRegents v. Bakke --|tThe last lynching --|tBeyond the peacock --|tMissouri v. Jenkins --|tConclusion.
520 |a"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
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