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  • October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92758-0
  • 434 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Age of Jim Crow

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Jane Dailey (Author, Univesity of Chicago)


America’s racial history has been marked by both hard-won progress and sudden reversals of fortune.

In The Age of Jim Crow, Jane Dailey introduces readers to a fascinating collection of documents on race and segregation in America that were created between the end of the Civil War and the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement a century later.  Organized around two themes, Dailey highlights the role of law in creating, maintaining, and — ultimately — helping to undo segregation.   She also traces the effects of interracial sex and marriage as they shaped the era of Jim Crow.  The Age of Jim Crow focuses throughout on sexuality and gender politics as they play out across the legal, social and economic, political, and cultural arenas.




    PART I 1865–1908


    1. Lyman Trumbull on the Civil Rights Bill (January 27, 29, 1866)
    2. George Julian on White Southern Resistance to Black Suffrage (January 29, 1866)
    3. Mr. Johnson Introduces the Miscegenation Issue (January 30, 1866)
    4. Mr. Moulton on Marriage (February 2–3, 1866)
    5. Mr. Dawson on the Republicans and Social Equality (January 30–31; February 1, 1866)
    6. Mr. Donnelly on the Black Codes (February 1, 1866)
    7. Mr. Thayer on the Rights Included in the Civil Rights Bill (March 2, 1866)
    8. Dialogue between Mr. Rodgers, Mr. Grinnell, and Mr. Cook on the Civil Rights Bill (March 1, 1866)
    9. Mr. Rainey on Social Rights (December 19, 1873)
    10. Mr. Ransier on Social Equality (January 5, 1874)
    11. Mr. Beck Proposes an Amendment to the Civil Rights Act (January 5–6, 1874)
    12. Mr. Butler of Massachusetts on Equality (January 7, 1874)


    1. Law Forbidding Interracial Marriage, Alabama (1866)
    2. Regulations for Freedmen in Louisiana
    3. North Carolina “Black Code,” Definition of “Negro” (1866)
    4. Correcting the Vocabulary of South Carolina: Proceedings of Constitutional Convention of South Carolina (1868)
    5. Louisiana Constitution (1868)


    1. Testimony of Kirkland L. Gunn, Former Member of the Klan
    2. Testimony of Dick Wilson
    3. Testimony Taken by the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States (1872)
    4. Thomas E. Watson, The Negro Question in the South (October 1892)
    5. Charles Chesnutt, What Is a White Man? (May 30, 1889)
    6. Atticus G. Haygood, The Black Shadow in the South (September 1893–February 1894)
    7. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, On Lynchings: Southern Horrors, A Red Record, Mob Rule in New Orleans (1892)
      1. Southern Horrors
      2. A Red Record
    8. Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896)
    9. Congressional Debate on the Treaty of Paris: Benjamin Ryan Tillman and George White (1899)
    10. Senator Benjamin Tillman of South Carolina, Speech on the Treaty of Paris (February 7, 1899)
    11. George White of North Carolina, Speech in the House of Representatives (January 26, 1899)
    12. Paul Lawrence Dunbar , An Ante-Bellum Sermon (1896)
    13. W. E. B. Du Bois, Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others (1906)
    14. Fannie Barrier Williams, The Club Movement among Colored Women of America (1904)
    15. W. E. B. Du Bois, The Niagara Movement: Declaration of Principles (1906)

    PART II 1909–1945

    1. United States v. Reynolds; United States v. Broughton, 235 U.S. 133; 35 S. Ct. 86 (1914)
    2. W. E. B. Du Bois, Returning Soldiers and Documents of the War (May 1919)
    3. Returning Soldiers
    4. Documents of the War
    5. Addresses Denouncing W. E. B. Du Bois (April 15, 1919)
    6. Marcus Garvey , Speech (September 1921)
    7. Will Stand by Slogan “Africa for the Africans at Home and Abroad” (September 7, 1921)
    8. W. E. B. Du Bois, Georgia: Invisible Empire State (January 21, 1925)
    9. Countee Cullen, Incident (1925)
    10. William Alexander Perry , Fode (1941)
    11. Katherine Du Pre Lumpkin, The Making of a Southerner (1946)
    12. Ralph Ellison, A Party Down at the Square (ca. 1940)
    13. Jessie Daniel Ames, Southern Women and Lynching (October 1936)
    14. Hollace Ransdall, Report on the Scottsboro, Alabama, Case (May 27, 1931)
    15. Marion Post Wolcott, Photo Choke-em-Down Lunchroom (January 1939)
    16. Margaret Halsey , Memo to Junior Hostesses (1946)
    17. Commission on Interracial Cooperation, The Negroes and Motion Pictures, Clip Sheet (December 15, 1943)
    18. Langston Hughes, Letter to the South (July 10, 1943)

    PART III 1945–1980

    1. President Harry S. Truman, Assignment from the President (December 5, 1946)
    2. President Harry S. Truman, Speech to the NAACP (June 29, 1947)
    3. W. E. B. Du Bois, A Petition to the Human Rights Commission of the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations; and to the General Assembly of the United Nations; and to the Several Delegates of the Member States of the United Nations (1949)
    4. Theodore G. Bilbo, False Interpretations of American Democracy (1947)
    5. A Letter to a Southern Gentleman (Summer 1946)
    6. Lillian Smith, The Women
    7. Stetson Kennedy , Brotherhood—Union Made (1946)
    8. Supreme Court of California, Decision in Perez v. Lippold (October 1, 1948)
    9. Ralph McGill, The Story of Dr . Ralph Bunche (1954)
    10. Zora Neale Hurston, Letter Deploring the Brown Decision (August 11, 1955)
    11. Grass Roots League, Flyer Reprint of 1928 Negro Program of Communist Party (March 25, 1956)
    12. Herbert Ravenel Sass, Mixed Schools and Mixed Blood (1956)
    13. The Reverend James F . Burks, Integration or Segregation (May 30, 1954)
    14. Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The Church and Segregation (May 3, 1954)
    15. American Nationalist Flyer, Total Integration Means . . . Total Mongrelization (ca. 1956)
    16. Langston Hughes, How to Integrate without Danger of Intermarriage (November 26, 1955)
    17. White Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans, Anti-Rock and Roll Flyer (ca. 1956)
    18. Charles L. Black, Jr ., The Lawfulness of the Segregation Decisions (January 1960)
    19. Virginia Foster Durr , Letter (March 2, 1956)
    20. Harry L. Golden, How to Solve the Segregation Problem (1956–1958)
    21. Stetson Kennedy , Jim Crow Guide to the USA: The Laws, Customs and Etiquette Governing the Conduct of Nonwhites and Other Minorities as Second-Class Citizens (1959)
    22. Open to All (Whites)
    23. The Dictates of Racist Etiquette
    24. Robert Williams, Excerpt from The Crusader (August 15, 1959)
    25. Julian Mayfield, Challenge to Negro Leadership: The Case of Robert Williams (April 1961)
    26. President Lyndon B. Johnson, To Fulfill These Rights (June 4, 1965)
    27. Calvin C. Hernton, And You, Too, Sidney Poitier!(1966)
    28. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)
    29. Charles Marsh, Douglas Hudgins: Theologian of the Closed Society
    30. Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Diplomatic Women