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Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights [Book Review]

Kousser, J. Morgan (2003) Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights [Book Review]. Georgia Historical Quarterly, 87 (3-4). pp. 427-448. ISSN 0016-8297.

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In their acknowledgments at the beginning of these essays, which trumpet the arrival of a new southern political history, Jane Dailey, Glenda Gilmore, and Bryant Simon give special thanks to their defenders at "the raucous 'New Directions in Southern Political History' session at the Southern Historical Meeting in Atlanta in 1998" (p. xiii). Along with the late and very much missed Howard Rabinowitz, I was a commentator (and not a defender) at that session. Although I was aware that the panel had instantly attained an almost mythical status, as embellished and, in some instances, considerably distorted accounts of the session circulated among historians, I had not previously realized that the myth-making went as far as changing the date of the convention, which actually took place a year earlier, in 1997. It is characteristic of the authors' attitudes toward what one contributor refers to in quotation marks as "facts" (p. 133) that they begin their book by mistaking the date of what they seem to consider a pivotal and traumatic event.

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Alternate Title:The New Postmodern Southern Political History
Additional Information:© 2003 Georgia Historical Society. Book review of: Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics From Civil War to Civil Rights. Edited by Jane Dailey, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, and Bryant Simon. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. Pp. xvi, 325. Index. ISBN 0-691-00192-8 cloth. ISBN 0-691-00193-6 paper.
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Official Citation:The New Postmodern Southern Political History Morgan Kousser The Georgia Historical Quarterly Vol. 87, No. 3/4 (FALL/WINTER 2003), pp. 427-448 Published by: Georgia Historical Society Article Stable URL:
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