Lecture Description

Few Americans today understand Jim Crow’s origins and how much African Americans resisted it. In this lecture, Williams charts the installation of the new social, economic, and political frameworks of racial apartheid and illuminates African Americans’ fight to hold onto the promises of Reconstruction by organizing one of the most revolutionary social movements the world has seen to end legal segregation. By showing the complex realities of Jim Crow—including its pedagogy of disinformation, erasure, and indoctrination—and the struggle against it, Williams challenges the convenient narratives about the era and highlights the lessons today’s freedom fighters might learn for the work that remains to be done.

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Civil Rights Race

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