Jim Crow Wisdom
Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940
By Jonathan Scott Holloway
288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2641-3
Published: August 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1071-9
Published: October 2013
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Awards & distinctions
2014 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation
Making discoveries about his own past while researching this book, Holloway weaves first-person and family memories into the traditional third-person historian’s perspective. The result is a highly readable, rich, and deeply personal narrative that will be familiar to some, shocking to others, and thought-provoking to everyone.
About the Author
Jonathan Scott Holloway is provost of Northwestern University.
For more information about Jonathan Scott Holloway, visit the Author Page.
"[A] riveting account of how we see, study, and learn about racial identity, and how we acquire the memories that shape that identity. . . . An evocative bildungsroman in which we see the social scientist as a young man become the provocative historian."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Shows how racial alienation continues to stoke a centuries-old longing for home in many African-Americans.”--Chronicle of Higher Education
"A very valuable contribution that has broader significance than a traditional history book. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."--Choice
“An outstanding and beautifully written book that opens up a whole new conversation about the role of memory, knowledge production, and identity formation within African American life.”--The Journal of Southern History
“With a scholarly perspective, [Holloway] engages with his own family lore and makes a fair amount of self-discovery in this exploration of modern black identity.”--Stanford Magazine
“A book worth careful study. . . . A nuanced account of African American identity and survival during the age of Jim Crow.”--North Carolina Historical Review
Multimedia & Links
Read: In a guest blog post, Holloway raises important questions about sites of slave trade remembrance. Read "Sincere Fictions, Real Horrors, and the Tourism Trade."
Read:In another post, Holloway details some of the thoughts that led to his decision to write as unorthodox a book as "Jim Crow Wisdom". Read "Where Does a Historian Find the Truth?"
Read: In his first guest blog post for UNC Press, Holloway offers a new perspective on our memories of the civil rights movement, challenging us to consider the smaller, more common--but less told--stories. Read "Whose Dream? Whose History?"