Segregation, Federal Policy or Racism?


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  • 73 Pages
  • Bibliography after every chapter

Most people know something of Jim Crow and the segregated South- even if only from melodramatic television and cinematic depictions. Few, however, know how it come into being. The antebellum South was not racially segregated. How did this post-war social arrangement come into being? Was it spontaneous codification of Southern racism or can its origins be found elsewhere?

In Segregation, New York playwright and historian John Chodes makes the cse that segregation was imported from and imposed on the South by the conquering North before it was adapted and institutionalized by the South.

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If Chodes is correct, there is much more to the segregation story than the “virtuous North” against the “recalcitrant South” narrative that is at the root of the ongoing demonetization of Dixie and the war on her flags and monuments. Such insight could go a long way in providing new avenues of discussion to better diagnose and treat the social ills we continue to confront in contemporary America.ntent goes here






Ch. 1 The Slave South: An Integrated Society

Ch. 2 The Slave South: An Integrated Military

Ch. 3 Presidential Reconstruction: The South Still Integrated

Ch. 4 Congressional Reconstruction: Segregation Begins

Ch. 5 The Union League: Segregation Through Terror

Ch. 6 The Freedmen's Bureau: Segregation for Black Education

Ch. 7 The Morrill Act: Segregating Whites for Re-Education

Ch. 8 The Bureau of Education: Nationalizing Segregation

Ch. 9 Segregation by Fusing Church and State

Ch. 10 Conclusion: Reconstruction Continues into the 21st Century.

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