Stony the Road

Stony the Road

Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Book - 2019
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The abolition of slavery after the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked 'a new birth of freedom' in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African-Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a 'New Negro' to force the nation to recognise their humanity and unique contributions to the United States.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2019, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780525559535
Branch Call Number: 973. 0496 GAT
Characteristics: xxii, 296 pages, 60 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm


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Jun 29, 2020

This is a great book.

I read a lot of history and thought I was familiar with the history of slavery and Jim Crow. This book showed me that yes, I did know something, but it was eye-opening.

Stony the Road, along with Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, should be required reading in all high schools in the U.S.

Jan 05, 2020

Perhaps no one has done so much to African-American studies a respected and worthy part of the academy as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., both in his many writings and his tenure at Harvard. He also had a cameo in "Watchmen"! His new book is a history of the failures of Reconstruction and the emergence of Jim Crow. It also is illustrated and has some truly repellent racist images. Eric Foner's book remains the definitive text on Reconstruction, but I'd also recommend Woodward's "The Strange Case of Jim Crow" and David Pilgrim's illustrated "Understanding Jim Crow."

Aug 31, 2019

The 50 pages of illustrations alone are worth 5 stars. They will help you understand how your neighbors and your parents were brainwashed into believing there are significant biological differences between races. And that the whiter the skin, the smarter the human. The photos are shocking, but I suspect that they help explain how white Americans basically became white supremacists throughout our history.

Aug 13, 2019

This a great book. It explains what happened after slavery, with reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow. It explains why racism will always be a thorn in the side of America.

Jun 11, 2019

ten years after the civil war, Redemption and Jim Crow laws began to negate any benefit from the end of slavery

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