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The last generation of Americans with a living memory of Jim Crow will soon disappear. They leave behind a collective memory of segregation shaped increasingly by its horrors and heroic defeat, but not a nuanced understanding of everyday life in Jim Crow America. In The South, Adolph L. Reed Jr.—New Orleanian, political scientist, and according to Cornel West, "the greatest democratic theorist of his generation"—takes up the urgent task of recounting the granular realities of life in the last decades of the Jim Crow South.

Reed illuminates the multifaceted structures of the segregationist order. Through his personal history and political acumen, we see America's apartheid system from the ground up, not just its legal framework or systems of power, but the way these systems structured the day-to-day interactions, lives, and ambitions of ordinary working people.

The South is more than a memoir or a history. Filled with analysis and fascinating firsthand accounts of the operation of the system that codified and enshrined racial inequality, this book is required listening for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of America's second peculiar institution the future created in its wake.

©2022 Adolph L. Reed Jr.; Foreword copyright 2022 by Barbara J. Fields (P)2022 Tantor
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Well done

A nicely told story as lived from an academic who also understands the deeper material relationships beyond black meets white racism. Relatively short read (listen).

Narrator is solid.

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Matchless Perspective on Race, Class, & Politics

Beautifully written, wonderfully perceptive - an academic & activist brings a personal perspective to a hinging phases of our history since Jim Crow.

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Adolph Reed is a master.

One of the most insightful academics wading into the problems of class hierarchy in the U.S. today, his voice is tremendously necessary.