- Publisher: Between the Lines
- ISBN: 9781771132503
- Price: $24.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Dec 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 208
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Understanding Jim Crow
Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice
Understanding Jim Crow introduces readers to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, a collection of more than ten thousand contemptible collectibles that are used to engage visitors in intense and intelligent discussions about race, race relations, and racism. The items are offensive. They were meant to be offensive. The items in the Jim Crow Museum served to dehumanize blacks and legitimized patterns of prejudice, discrimination, and segregation.
Using racist objects as teaching tools seems counterintuitive—and, quite frankly, needlessly risky. Many people are already apprehensive discussing race relations, especially in settings where their ideas are challenged. The museum and this book exist to help overcome our collective trepidation and reluctance to talk about race.
Fully illustrated, and with context provided by the museum’s founder and director David Pilgrim, Understanding Jim Crow is both a grisly tour through America’s past and an auspicious starting point for racial understanding and healing.
Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Chapter 1 The Garbage Man: Why I Collect Racist Objects
Chapter 2 An Unorthodox Teaching Tool
Chapter 3 Understanding Jim Crow
Chapter 4 A Caricatured Family
Chapter 5 Flawed Women
Chapter 6 Dangerous Men
Chapter 7 A Night in Howell
About the Museum
About the Author
About the Author
David Pilgrim is a professor, orator, and human rights activist. He is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum—a ten-thousand-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University, which uses objects of intolerance to teach about race, race relations, and racism.