Dark Sky Rising

Dark Sky Rising

Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

Book - 2019
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"This is a story about America and the shaping of its democratic values during the Reconstruction era, one of our country's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In this stirring account of the Civil War, emancipation, and the struggle for rights and reunion that followed, one of the premier US scholars delivers a book that is as illuminating as it is timely. Real-life accounts of heroism, grit, betrayal, and bravery drive this book's narrative, spanning America's history from 1861 to 1915 and drawing parallels with today. Topics include the destruction of slavery, the Reconstruction Amendments, and African American resilience in times of racial unrest. Notable figures cited throughout include Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Adams, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Jacobs, Charlotte Forten, W.E.B. Du Bois, and more. Here, you will come face-to-face with America's challenge to create a society in which black and white citizens could, after a violent civil war, find a lasting peace without new lines of inequality and separation being drawn. The people and events of that noble experiment, and its violent overthrow and eventual undermining in the Jim Crow era, are central to this story. In introducing them to young readers, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., shares a history that remains vitally relevant to the challenges of our own time."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Focus,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781338262049
Branch Call Number: Y 973.049 GA
Characteristics: 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bolden, Tonya - Author


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An excellent work on the rise of Jim Crow laws in the South, detailing the changing rights of African Americans during the Civil War and the many legal acts that gave rights of citizenship to black people. Also explained are the tides of white violence, racism, and changing political and economic... Read More »

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