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General Information

Name:  Jane Dailey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Jane is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

A graduate of Yale and Princeton, Profesor Dailey taught at Rice University and John Hopkins before joining the University of Chicago in 2006. Her research and teaching focus on U.S. history since the Civil War with an emphasis on the post-emancipation South and the political and legal history of civil rights.

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Titles At Your Library

Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia (Gender and American Culture)
ISBN: 0807849014

The University of North Carolina Press. 2000

Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics.

Melding social, cultural, and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the everyday experiences of individual Virginians--from their local encounters on the sidewalk, before the magistrate's bench, in the schoolroom. In the process, she reveals the power of black and white southerners to both create and resist new systems of racial discrimination. The story of the Readjusters shows how hard white southerners had to work to establish racial domination after emancipation, and how passionately black southerners fought each and every infringement of their rights as Americans.

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