African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South
Baker & Taylor Compiles interviews taken of survivors of the Jim Crow laws as they speak of their lives during segregation and share how they fought against the injustices of racism while building communities and raising their children.
Norton Pub The sequel to the award-winning Remembering Slavery, a groundbreaking book-and-CD set of interviews about the segregation-era South. Remembering Jim Crow, the groundbreaking sequel to Remembering Slavery, is an extraordinary opportunity to read and hear the voices of black southerners who were firsthand witnesses to one of the most heartbreaking and troubling chapters in America's history. Based on interviews collected by the Behind the Veil project at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, this remarkable book-and-CD set presents for the first time the most extensive oral history ever recorded of African American life in the racially segregated South. In vivid, compelling stories, men and women from all walks of life tell how their most ordinary activities were subjected to profound and unrelenting racial oppressionin the workplace, on street corners, and above all in the public facilities and institutions that systematically demeaned, disenfranchised, and disempowered black people, condemning them to second-class citizenship. At the same time, Remembering Jim Crow is a testament to how black southerners fought back against the system, raising children, building churches and schools, running businesses, and struggling for respect in a society that denied them the most basic rights. The result is a powerful story of survival enriched by vivid memories of individual, family, and community triumphs and tragedies. Remembering Jim Crow is accompanied by two one-hour compact discs of the companion radio documentary produced by American RadioWorks. A transcript of the audio programs is included in the book's appendix, and the book is illustrated with fifty rare segregation-era photographs collected from African American families who participated in the oral history project. Boxed set: hardcover book with 2 one-hour compact discs; 50 black-and-white photographs.
Book News Most of the interviews and photographs are from the Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South Collection housed at Duke University's Special Collections Library. The purpose of the collection and the publication is to record the era of institutionalized racial discrimination in the US while people who experienced it are still alive. The two one-hour audio discs contain the complete American RadioWorks documentary and additional selections from the collection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)