Lecture Description

For over one hundred years, legalized racial segregation decided who got what in America. The system widely known as Jim Crow segregation, however, remained complicated and confusing, going through several iterations and, some argue, never quite disappearing. Concerned principally with the final generation of Americans to live under formal apartheid, N. D. B. Connolly explores the evolution of racially segregated communities, institutions, and consumer spaces after World War II. This lecture features primary historical documents that trouble our typical good vs. evil understanding of apartheid, and it considers the extent to which capitalism in the United States needed segregation in order to survive the geopolitical challenges of Fascism and the Cold War.

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Civil Rights Race

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