In 1955, C. Vann Woodward’s The Strange Career of Jim Crow provokedan extended debate about the timing and practices of segregation afterReconstruction. In the 1990s, scholars moved this debate onto newintellectual terrain by focusing on the relationship between gender and politics, the culture of resistance, and the hegemonic function of “whiteness.” But where does the field stand now? This lecture series reconsiders the history of the early years of Jim Crow in light of recent developments in African American and Native American studies, the history of cross-cultural and multi-racial exchanges, and emerging efforts to place the New South in a global context.
We invite historians and other scholars to contribute to the volume by submitting essays for consideration. Essays should be no more than 10,000 words plus endnotes, not published in full elsewhere, and contribute in some way to a rethinking of the formative years of the Jim Crow era. Possible topics include African-American activism, Mexican immigrant or other Latino/a experiences, New South communities in a multi-racial context, interracial contact, the impact of war and imperialism, and comparative or transnational connections.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 21, 2008.
The winning essays will be awarded $500 and be published, along with essays by the presenters at the lectures, by Texas A&M University Press in a forthcoming volume of the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series.
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