Sundown Towns

Sundown Towns

A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Book - 2005
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A history of northern racial exclusion demonstrates the pervasiveness of racism throughout the entire United States, analyzing how sundown towns in northern states participated in racially oppressive practices and victimized black citizens with frequently violent attacks well into the late twentieth century. 30,000 first printing.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c2005.
ISBN: 9781565848870
Branch Call Number: 363.5509 LOEWEN J
Characteristics: x, 562 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.


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Jul 19, 2015

It's really heartbreaking the way that one group persecutes another. What happen to the American way,,,help your neighbor? This book clearly tells why Blacks were needlessly persecuted. It clearly explains the sickness behind the denial of Black's human rights. This book is a sobering reminder of the real dangers awaiting naïve minorities at all levels of this society.

jawhitepenn Aug 18, 2013

This book has proved to be a great teaching tool. The author's research is excellent and the story is one that has, heretofore, been poorly reported.

The issues of racism and place, discrimination and location regarding African Americans has been fundamental to American urbanization. Despite this, theories of urbanization, assimilation and pluralism have disregarded this core matter for decades.

The roles of all levels of United States governments, in creating and supporting towns that, by their laws, would not admit African Americans is given attention here. Most significant is the fact this is essentially a Northern, American phenomenon.

Loewen's contribution cannot be underestimated and my urban studies students as well as my own intellectual growth are benefactors.

Jun 30, 2012

Wow. This book provides a compelling and well-researched explanation for why America is segregated even today. Should be required reading in American history courses; however, don't let that fool you into thinking that it's difficult to read. I agree with the previous comment... recommend this book to anyone.

Sep 07, 2010

I'd recommend this book for anyone who uses "Mayberry" as a synonym for utopia, anyone who thinks institutionalized or violent racism is a "Southern thing" (or even: a southern Missouri thing, a southern Illinois thing, etc.) anyone who assumes African Americans have lived clustered in cities since the Great Migration from the South...well, basically anyone who thinks they have a pretty good idea why people of different races live where they live today. Not to mention anyone who needs convincing of the importance of documenting local history, good, bad and ugly, or is just curious about life in these United States. In a word, I recommend this book to...anyone.


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