Dark journey : black Mississippians in the age of Jim Crow / Neil R. McMillen.

By: McMillen, Neil R, 1939-Contributor(s): American Council of Learned SocietiesMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ACLS Humanities E-BookPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1990, c1989Description: xvii, 430 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 025206156XOther title: Black Mississippians in the age of Jim CrowSubject(s): African Americans -- Mississippi -- History | African Americans -- Mississippi -- Segregation -- History | Mississippi -- Race relationsLOC classification: E185.93.M6 | 1990, c1989Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL: http://www.humanitiesebook.org/
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Originally published as hardback.: c1989.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-417) and index.

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McMillen's sequel of sorts to Vernon Lane Wharton's classic The Negro in Mississippi , 1865-1890 (1947; Greenwood, 1984. reprint) describes the origins, development, and enforcement of the color-caste system in perhaps the most race-haunted state--Mississippi--where nearly one in ten black Americans lived in 1890. He lays bare the raw and ugly lynchings and the coarse legal inequities that formed the sinews of white supremacy between 1890 and 1940. He seeks also to show blacks' view of Jim Crow and to describe it in their words. He is best at capturing the structure of race relations and at presaging the milieu of civil rights change. His state study complements Herbert Shapiro's White Violence and Black Response: From Reconstruction to Montgomery (LJ 2/1/88). For Afro-American, local, Southern, and race relations collections.-- Thomas J. Davis, African American Studies, SUNY at Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


McMillen is a white northerner who resides in the South. He characterizes his book as a hybrid of black and race-relations history rather than general social history. The book follows, somewhat more narrowly, the pattern set in Vernon Wharton's The Negro in Mississippi, 1865-1890 (repr., 1984), and continues the study from 1890 to 1930. The author makes the dominance of white over black quite evident throughout the period. Consequently, blacks are portrayed more as victims than as actors in their own history. Yet McMillen attempts to present blacks as subjects, not just as objects as far as his use of the sources allows. Although the author claims WW I and the black northward migration were the first signs of a turning point, he ultimately concludes that little had changed by 1930. This suggests some difficulty in his positing that the "age of Jim Crow" ended or significantly changed by 1930 or thereabouts. Blacks had little if any opportunity to succeed in Mississippi, and whites did everything they could to prevent success or to punish it when someone occasionally showed signs of independence. McMillen had done considerable research in relevant primary and secondary sources, but neither were fully utilized. -L. H. Grothaus, Concordia Teachers College

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Neil R. McMillen, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the author of The Citizens' Council: Organized Resistance to the Second Reconstruction, 1954-64 and co-author of A Synopsis of American History.

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