The Politics of Segregation in Post‐Reconstruction America

Desmond King

in Separate and Unequal

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292494
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599682 | DOI:
 The Politics of Segregation in Post‐Reconstruction America

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Examines post‐Reconstruction race relations—focusing mainly from 1856–1964—and outlines the legal and political factors permitting its dissemination. King formulates segregation as an arrangement whereby Black Americans, as a minority, were systematically treated in separate, but constitutionally sanctioned, ways. He examines various laws and policies that condoned segregation ever since the Supreme Court accepted the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine as a justification of segregation in 1896 up until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King also examines the congressional and presidential politics of race relations under the administrations of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

Keywords: Civil Rights Act; constitution; post‐Reconstruction era; race relations; Franklin D. Roosevelt; segregation; separate but equal; Supreme Court; Harry S. Truman; Woodrow Wilson

Chapter.  15006 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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