The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

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Product Details

Price
$27.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393247442

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About the Author

Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His last book, A History of Future Cities, was longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post. Brook's research and writing have been supported by fellowships from institutions including the Library of Congress and Tulane University's New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and educated at Yale, Brook lives in New Orleans.

Reviews

The Accident of Color is a spell-binding exploration of mixed-race Charlestonians and New Orleanians who had built complex lives across the color line during and after the Civil War, and struggled mightily against the dawn of Jim Crow segregation in the latter parts of the nineteenth century. Heartbreaking but also vividly alive, The Accident of Color moves easily from court cases to activists on the ground to politicians in legislatures as it portrays the many ways people struggled for the right to define themselves in a time of hardening racial lines. A lovely, necessary book.--Gregory P. Downs, professor of history, University of California, Davis, and author of The Second American Revolution