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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Loewen Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sundown Towns examines thousands of all-white American towns that were - and still are, in some instances - racially exclusive by design.

Professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, James W. Loewen won the National Book Award for his New York Times best seller Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elaine | 1/31/2014

    " This book was amazing. I wanted to read about modern racism, hidden enclaves, I thought mostly in the south, where racism still lurks pretty much under the radar. I had no idea there were so many sundown towns, mostly in the north, west, and midwest. And I had no idea that several were still sundown to this day, though the signs have been taken down. The author has a website where you can look up cities and suburbs across the country to read about their sundown past and whether or not they are still considered sundown. Fascinating, sad, but also very illuminating- it's always better to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Geoff | 1/31/2014

    " The best thing about this book is that it made the geography that I had always accepted as concrete something that was painfully alive. It was striking how many of the deeply segregated towns were familiar to me and helped me realize how pervasive segregation is in the Midwest. His analysis was sweeping and comprehensive, but sometimes felt a bit scattered. He incorporated the ideas of other scholars as well as primary sources, but it often felt blippy. Furthermore, the book already feels dated as it fails to mention the dynamic of white, suburban youth moving into previously non-white urban neighborhoods. Finally, in pointing out the worst of the sundown towns, he offers little insight or analysis into towns that have a multiracial population but whose various racial groups have little meaningful engagement. Still, I recommend this book to anyone who grew up in a racially homogenous community and is interested in understanding how this came to be and how it mediates one's life and community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/31/2014

    " yes folks, this here is our country and there are places all over our great american nation (including a town/towns near you) that did/still do not allow black/brown/yellow people to reside there or be in town after sunset, on pain of death and/or other forms of intimidation/disenfranchisement. shocking, and not so shocking. if you've read anything of loewen's you'll want to read this; it's well-written and extensively researched with primary sources/interviews by a professor of great heart, intellect and interest in what life is really like for different american citizens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/29/2014

    " So full of interesting information. It pissed me off to no end to read about some of the racist practices that are happening in my state, in the this decade. It really opened my eyes to the reality that this society isn't as tolerant as I hoped it had become. "

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