320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 21 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2838-7
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0721-4
Published: April 2013
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Using vivid accounts of the struggles and protests of African American government employees, Yellin reveals the racism at the heart of the era's reform politics. He illuminates the nineteenth-century world of black professional labor and social mobility in Washington, D.C., and uncovers the Wilson administration's progressive justifications for unraveling that world. From the hopeful days following emancipation to the white-supremacist "normalcy" of the 1920s, Yellin traces the competing political ideas, politicians, and ordinary government workers who created "federal segregation."
"Yellin's well-written treatise reminds readers how far the U.S. has come in its quest for racial equality. Recommended. Most levels/libraries."--Choice
“Yellin makes an important contribution to our understanding of ‘white supremacy.’”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
“This is an excellent, well-researched, and well-written study. Yellin’s diverse sources are impressive as is his ability to weave them into a tight analysis.”-- Journal of American History
“A very compelling read.”--History: Reviews of New Books
“[A] thoroughly researched and artfully crafted book.”--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
“Yellin’s work is lucid and illuminating. He provides a thorough, readable, and well-rounded narrative filled with vivid examples and sharp analysis.”--Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
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Read In a guest blog post, Eric S. Yellin addresses the centennial anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration and the introduction of Jim Crow discrimination in government offices. Read "Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration a Disheartening Anniversary"