Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Book - 2019
Historian Gates has long been fascinated with the idea of the "New Negro," and how African Americans fought back against white supremacy during ...Show more
Historian Gates has long been fascinated with the idea of the "New Negro," and how African Americans fought back against white supremacy during the Redemption and Jim Crow periods. In this work . . . , the author asserts that this era is fundamental to understanding the current period of racist backlash following Barack Obama's presidency. Borrowing heavily from historians such as Eric Foner and David W. Blight, Gates covers the basics of Reconstruction, the pseudoscience of racism in the field of anthropology, lynching and racial violence across America, and widespread commercial use of stereotypes such as Sambo and Aunt Jemima, and how African Americans continually strived to disprove this onslaught of bigotry through education, literature, art, music, and political organizing. (Library Journal) Also available as an e-book.