A Long Dark Night: Race in America from Jim Crow to World by J. Michael Martinez

By J. Michael Martinez

For a quick time following the tip of the U.S. Civil battle, American political leaders had an opportunity—slim, to make certain, yet no longer past the world of possibility—to remake society in order that black american citizens and different folks of colour may get pleasure from equivalent chance in civil and political lifestyles. It used to be to not be. With each one passing yr after the war—and specially after Reconstruction ended through the 1870s—American society witnessed the evolution of a brand new white republic as nationwide leaders deserted the promise of Reconstruction and justified their racial biases in keeping with political, fiscal, social, and spiritual values that supplanted the outdated North-South/slavery-abolitionist schism of the antebellum era.

A lengthy darkish Night offers a sweeping background of this too usually missed interval of African American background that the cave in of Reconstruction—from the beginnings of criminal segregation in the course of the finish of worldwide struggle II. Michael J. Martinez argues that the Eighteen Eighties ushered at the hours of darkness evening of the yankee Negro—a evening so darkish and see you later that the higher a part of a century might elapse prior to sun broke via. Combining either a “top down” point of view on an important political matters and public coverage judgements in addition to a “bottom up” dialogue of the lives of black and white american citizens among the Eighties and the Nineteen Forties, A lengthy darkish Night could be of curiosity to all readers trying to larger comprehend this significant period that maintains to resonate all through American existence today.

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