When Did Southern Segregation Begin?
When did southern segregation begin? People often assume that segregation was a natural outcome of Reconstruction. In fact, scholars cannot agree on ... Show synopsis When did southern segregation begin? People often assume that segregation was a natural outcome of Reconstruction. In fact, scholars cannot agree on which events at the end of the nineteenth century mark the beginning of formalized Jim Crow. The 6 selections in this volume address the question of segregation's origins and, amid the debate over "when" segregation began, also engage the issues of "where, why, " and "how" it became the norm for relations between black and white southerners. Concentrating on various issues--segregation's antebellum antecedents, degrees of fluidity of racial interaction following emancipation, the complex relationship between race, gender, and class, and the diversity of segregation practices among the states--the selections illustrate the evolution of southern segregation from a diverse array of local practices to an inflexible American Apartheid.