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Jim Crow guide : the way it was
Kennedy, Stetson.
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Uniform Title:
Jim Crow guide to the U.S.A.
Publication Information:
Boca Raton : Florida Atlantic University Press ; Gainesville, FL : Orders to University Presses of Florida, [1990]

Physical Description:
238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Originally published as Jim Crow guide to the U.S.A. by Lawrence & Wishart, Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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E184.A1 K35 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Table of Contents

Why This Guidep. 7
1 No Room for Redskinsp. 9
2 White Man's Countryp. 26
3 America's Great Wallp. 37
4 Who is Coloured Wherep. 47
5 Who may Marry Whomp. 58
6 Who may Live Wherep. 72
7 Who may Study Wherep. 86
8 Who may Work Wherep. 109
9 Who are Subject to Forced Labourp. 131
10 Who may Vote Wherep. 147
11 Look Out for the Lawp. 165
12 Who may Travel Howp. 178
13 Open to All (Whites)p. 190
14 The Dictates of Racist Etiquettep. 203
Alarum and Excursionp. 228
The Long Minute (1990)p. 231