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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: March 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 René | 1/21/2014

    " This book was very eye-opening. I'm glad Loewen wrote it, and I'm glad I read it. I do wish Loewen was a better writer, though. And though I'm from Illinois and this book focuses quite a bit on towns in Illinois (which means I'm familiar with many of them), I wish his focus had been more widespread and included more information about other parts of the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gery | 1/9/2014

    " I find this tells the history our texts all left out; it's a compelling mirror on the soul of the US and jives with my experiences growing up. It isn't very long ago and we all should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiana | 12/18/2013

    " was not able to finish due to that it was due back! However, am reading Lies My Teach Told me and like the Sundown Towns, eyeopening and scary (not in the ooooo monster way. In the way of what humans are capable of). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Ireland | 11/9/2013

    " Excellent book. This book has completely changed the way I view our nation's history. This is a very important read. Some areas can be a bit dry, but overall, very well-written and extremely detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 9/8/2013

    " This book was hard to read because of the prevalance of sundown towns in Illinois. How many are still sundown towns today? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 6/22/2012

    " I read the first few pages...wont pick this one up again until Im ready to do some history homework. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kharla Graham | 12/18/2011

    " Thick both in size and information. Be prepared to be devistated and educated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 11/22/2011

    " It's too bad his research was sloppy because the topic is interesting though terrible to consider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Bolyard | 10/1/2011

    " Really good, really important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiana | 11/18/2010

    " was not able to finish due to that it was due back! However, am reading Lies My Teach Told me and like the Sundown Towns, eyeopening and scary (not in the ooooo monster way. In the way of what humans are capable of). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/7/2010

    " This book is very dense with information, making it a slog to get through, but it's well worth it. There's lots of information in here on racism in the US that every American should be acquainted with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 10/6/2009

    " This book was hard to read because of the prevalance of sundown towns in Illinois. How many are still sundown towns today? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 9/25/2009

    " This explains it all. Every American should read this book -- especially those of us who think that racism was limited to the South. This'll blow that presumption to bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/16/2009

    " Aargh! Reading this is just maddening. I hate that sundown towns have ever existed, and I hate that so many segregate communities still exist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/14/2008

    " Book covers racial/minority exclusion policies from the 1890s to the 1960s.

    This shit is mindblowing! Most towns, and some whole counties in the Midwest drove out their black/minority residents. Quite a few in other parts of the country as well, and many towns are still whites-only. "

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About the Author

James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies across America. He is a regular contributor to the History Channel’s History magazine and is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont. He resides in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.