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Review of "Understanding Jim Crow"

***The staff of the Jim Crow Museum receives dozens of letters and emails. Some of these communiques offer insight into race relations -- historically and in the present. While some are hateful, we have decided to share some of these letters and emails with our Internet visitors.***

Dr. Pilgrim,

Understanding Jim Crow book cover

I read your text Understanding Jim Crow, and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your perspective. In particular, I agree with your assertions that "Jim Crow attitudes did not die" (22) and that "there is a growing desire among many Americans to forget the past and move forward" (19). I appreciate your honest assessment of Whites not wanting to discuss race in the assumption that things will just get better on its own. Basically, I find your comments to be succinct and spot on - in a way that I have rarely seen in the literature.

Just wanted to let you know that I really like your text and intend to use it in various capacities in my Diversity and Multicultural Education class.


Daniel Rubin, PhD, NBCT
Jacksonville State University
Department of Secondary Education