[Marxism] Fwd: Segregation in the South - The Atlantic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 20 09:10:04 MST 2017

But what few people know is that the South wasn’t always so segregated. 
During a brief window of time between the end of the Civil War and the 
turn of the 20th century, black and white people lived next to each 
other in Southern cities, creating what the historian Tom Hanchett 
describes as a “salt-and-pepper” pattern. They were not integrated in a 
meaningful sense: Divisions existed, but “in a lot of Southern cities, 
segregation hadn’t been fully imposed—there were neighborhoods where 
blacks and whites were living nearby,” said Eric Foner, a Columbia 
historian and expert on Reconstruction. Walk around in the Atlanta or 
the Charlotte of the late 1800s, and you might see black people in 
restaurants, hotels, the theater, Foner said. Two decades later, such 
things were not allowed.


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