The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

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Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.99
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 whose writing has appeared in Harper's, Dissent, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Brook was a finalist in the 2003 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and won the 2000 Rolling Stone College Journalist Competition while a student at Yale. He is the author of The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America. He lives in Philadelphia.

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