By Stephan Thernstrom
In a ebook destined to develop into a vintage, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom current vital new information regarding the optimistic alterations which have been completed and the measurable development within the lives of the vast majority of African-Americans. helping their conclusions with statistics on schooling, profits, and housing, they argue that the belief of significant racial divisions during this nation is outmoded -- and hazardous.
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Thus, we start with six historical chapters dealing with developments that climaxed in the 1960s and fundamentally altered the place of African Americans in American society and altered American society itself. We open with a detailed account of the development and nature of segregation in the Jim Crow South, drawing a dark picture too often forgotten. Until World War II three-quarters of the black population lived in the South, where they were a subordinate caste in a society dedicated to white supremacy.
6 Thus, in October 1994, protesters from civil rights organizations and a local college objected to the reenactment of a slave auction in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. 7 Slave auctions represent such a wrenching chapter in black history that people “don’t want to see it rehashed again,” Salim Khalfani of the NAACP said, summing up the message of callers to the organization’s Richmond office. A black man laying bricks in Colonial Williamsburg was disturbed to learn of the reenactment. “Blacks around here don’t want to be reminded,” he said.
When Gunnar Myrdal wrote his monumental report on the state of black America half a century ago, they were predominantly rural, not city folk, and certainly not big-city folk. 12 Blacks lived on the land and in the South. Until World War II three-quarters of the black population resided south of the Mason-Dixon line (along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border), where they were a quarter of the total population. In the Deep South the black concentration was even greater: more than a third of the residents were the descendants of slaves.
America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible by Stephan Thernstrom