Jim Crow's Legacy shows the lasting impact of segregation on the
lives of African Americans who lived through it, as well as its
impact on future generations. The book draws on interviews with
elderly African American southerners whose stories poignantly show
the devastation of racism not only in the past, but also in the
present. The book introduces readers to the realities of the Jim
Crow era for African Americans-from life at home to work
opportunities to the broader social context in America. However,
the book moves beyond merely setting the scene into the powerful
memories of elderly African Americans who lived through Jim Crow.
Their voices tell the complex stories of their everyday lives-from
caring for white children to the racially-motivated murder of a
loved one. Their stories show the pernicious impact of racism on
both the past and the present. The authors use the phrase
segregation stress syndrome to describe the long-term impact on
physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as the unshakable
influence of racism across years and generations. Jim Crow's Legacy
takes readers on an unparalleled journey into the bitter realities
of America's racial past and shows racism's unmistakable influence
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