The World of Jim Crow America : a Daily Life Encyclopedia Greenwood 2v. 2019 $219
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Publisher description: What was daily life really like for ordinary African American people in Jim Crow America, the hundred-year period of enforced legal segregation that began immediately after the Civil War and continued until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965? What did they eat, wear, believe, and think? How did they raise their children? How did they interact with government? What did they value? What did they do for fun?
This Daily Life encyclopedia explores the lives of average people through the examination of social, cultural, and material history. Supported by the most current research, the multivolume set examines social history topics—including family, political, religious, and economic life—as it illuminates elements of a society's emotional life, interactions, opinions, views, beliefs, intimate relationships, and connections between individuals and the greater world. It is broken up into topical sections, each dealing with a different aspect of cultural life. Each section opens with an introductory essay, followed by A–Z entries on various aspects of that topic.
CHOICE (2019): The World of Jim Crow America is the latest title in the Greenwood “Daily Life Encyclopedias” series (The World of the Civil War (CH, Mar'16, 53-2921), The World of Antebellum America (CH, Apr'19, 56-3003), etc.), which all share a similar format and section headings ("Arts," "Economics and Work," "Family and Gender," "Fashion and Appearance," etc.). As in previous entries in the series, each signed article features cross-references and further readings. A variety of relevant sidebars are also provided, including extended quotes from primary sources, tables, and brief subentries. The individual articles are packed with details that give insight into the daily life as well as the cultural context of African Americans in the Jim Crow era. Reich (James Madison) offers an approachable text that does not assume background knowledge, making it an effective reference work for general readers and undergraduates. Reich’s previous publications include Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration and Working People: A History of African American Workers Since Emancipation (CH, Mar'14, 51-3945).