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Jim Crow Guide: The Way It Was

Kennedy, Stetson

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ISBN 10: 0813009871 / ISBN 13: 9780813009872
Published by Florida Atlantic University Press, Boca Raton; Gainesville, FL, 1990
Condition: Very good Soft cover
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Octavo in white wrappers with b&w cover illus.; 238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.;light wear to wrappers with edgewear and rubbing to spine joints and light shelfwear; lightly bump open corners to first few and last few leaves; o/w pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks and creases; binding is tight; a gently used copy. In English. || Contents: No room for redskins -- White man's country -- America's great wall -- Who is coloured where -- Who may marry whom -- Who may live where -- Who may study where -- Who may work where -- Who are subject to forced labour -- Who may vote where -- Look out for the law -- Who may travel how -- Open to all (whites) -- The dictates of racist etiquette. Very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 85795

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Title: Jim Crow Guide: The Way It Was

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University Press, Boca Raton; Gainesville, FL

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very good

Edition: first edition.

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"A tongue-in-cheek travel guide to the United States as Stetson Kennedy saw it in the 1950s when segregation was still firmly in place and when there were many barriers in housing, education, and job opportunities for blacks, Native Americans, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, and almost anyone who was not a white Protestant. . . . The Guide was [first] published in Paris in 1956 by Jean-Paul Sartre because the author could find no American publisher who was willing to issue the book. In this new edition, Kennedy has added an afterword that provides his impressions of contemporary ‘desegregated racism’."—Florida Historical Quarterly

Jim Crow Guide documents  the system of legally imposed American apartheid that prevailed during what Stetson Kennedy calls "the long century from Emancipation to the Overcoming." The mock guidebook covers every area of activity where the tentacles of Jim Crow reached. From the texts of state statutes, municipal ordinances, federal regulations, and judicial rulings, Kennedy exhumes the legalistic skeleton of Jim Crow in a work of permanent value for scholars and of exceptional appeal for general readers.

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