The majority of blacks, however, remain in urban slums in both the North and South, with less than equal opportunity to pursue the "American Dream" of Martin Luther King. While "it would certainly be preposterous to leave the impression that any evidence I have submitted indicates a golden age of race relations in the period between Redemption and complete segregation," Woodward argues, "the era of stiff conformity and fanatical rigidity that was to come had not yet closed in and shut off all contact between the races, driven the Negroes from all public forums, silenced all white dissenters, put a stop to all rational discussion and exchange of views, and precluded all variety and experiment in types of interracial association.
The first occurred at the end of the Civil War, with the occupation by radical Republican forces, who enforced the emancipation and equal rights Amendments to the Constitution. Finally the s saw white southerners "capitulate to racism" to create "legally prescribed, rigidly enforced, state-wide Jim Crowism.
The Southern Historical Association has established the C. In he joined the conservative scholars who made up the National Association of Scholarsa group explicitly opposed to the academic Left. The very nature of the institution made separation of the races for the most part impracticable.
The restraining forces included not only Northern liberal opinion in the press, the courts, and the government, but also internal checks imposed by the prestige and influence of the Southern conservatives, as well as by the idealism and zeal of the Southern radicals.
After graduating, he taught English composition for two years at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The resultant conflict between Southern state governments and forces for integration, supported by the federal government, opened old wounds, to be certain, and periods of violence and backlash have ensued.
It combined the Beardian theme of economic forces shaping history, and the Faulknerian tone of tragedy and declension.
The second reconstruction began quietly at first, with desegregation of a few institutions, most notably the U. The only formula powerful enough to accomplish that was the magical formula of white supremacy, applied without stint and without any of the old conservative reservations of paternalism, without deference to any lingering resistance of Northern liberalism, or any fear of further check from a defunct Southern Populism.
Later editions of the book cover the profound accomplishments of the civil rights movement and the later rise of black nationalism, which suggests for Woodward that African-Americans themselves must choose the extent and means of integration into white society.
The Redeemers are revealed to be as venal as the carpetbaggers. In he transferred to Emory University in AtlantaGeorgiawhere his uncle was dean of students and professor of sociology.
Suggesting that the latter never really "attracted a following in the South," Woodward explains the differences between the prior two.
He alternated between denying it, qualifying it, and apologizing for it.In "The Strange Career of Jim Crow," C. Vann Woodward argued that laws of the s institutionalized segregation in the South After Reconstruction, the South began to reassert white supremacy by all of the following means except.
C. Vann Woodward's "The Strange Career of Jim Crow" remains one of the most important books written about post-Reconstruction Southern America.
In the space of very few pages, Woodward brings to us the proposal that the assumptions we have all been making about Jim Crow laws and the development of segregation were all wrong from the very beginning/5(62).
C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow In the months following the Brown v.
Board of Education decision C. Vann Woodward wrote a series of lectures that would provide the basis for one of the most historically significant pieces of nonfiction literature written in the 20th century. THE STRANGE CAREER OF JIM CROW User Review - Kirkus. This is a second, revised edition of the "definitive study of racial segregation in the United States" with new material since its original publication in on civil rights legislation, the sit-in 5/5(1).
In his book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, C. Vann Woodward provides a complete historical accounting and significant analysis of its advent, its impact on race relations within and outside of the South, and its legal demise by C.
Vann Woodward, who died in at The Strange Career of Jim Crow is one of the great works of Southern history. Indeed, the book actually helped shape that history.
The book offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the s. Woodward.Download