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JIM CROW WISDOM This page intentionally left blank Jim Crow Wisdom MEMORY AND IDENTITY IN BLACK AMERICA SINCE 1940 Jonathan Scott Holloway The University of North Carolina Press CHAPEL HILL Publication of this book was supported in part by a generous gift from Eric Papenfuse and Catherine Lawrence.© 2013 The University of North Carolina Press All rights reserved Set in Miller by codeMantra Manufactured in the United States of America The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. The University of North Carolina Press has been a member of the Green Press Initiative since 2003. Lucille Clifton, “why some people be mad at me sometimes,” from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 1991 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of BOA Editions Ltd., “Top of the World.” Words and music by John Bettis and Richard Carpenter. Copyright © 1972 ALMO MUSIC CORP. and HAMMER AND NAILS MUSIC. Copyright renewed. All Rights Administered by ALMO MUSIC CORP. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard Corporation. “A Story Like No Other.” Written by Chris Thomas King. Published by Young Blues Rebel Music. Reprinted by permission of Chris Thomas King Tours, LLC. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Holloway, Jonathan Scott. Jim Crow Wisdom : Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940 / Jonathan Scott Holloway. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4696-1070-2 (hardback) 1. Race awareness—United States. 2. African Americans— Race identity. 3. African Americans—Psychology. 4. African Americans— History—20th century. 5. Memory—Sociological aspects. 6. Holloway, Jonathan Scott. I. Title. E185.625.H64 2013 305.896'073—dc23 2013015591 17 16 15 14 13 5 4 3 2 1 For Ellison and Emerson, the literal embodiment of my future, and for Aisling, who made this future possible. For my ancestors, whose future I came to understand and appreciate in writing this book, but especially for my mother. If anyone in my memory deserves a standing ovation, it is she. This page intentionally left blank ...


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