PM Press- UNDERSTANDING JIM CROW


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Help us publish Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice by Dr. David Pilgrim
Learn about the book and tax-deductible rewards HERE
“One of the most important contributions to the study of American history that I have ever experienced.” —-Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research and contributor to Understanding Jim Crow

We launched a Kickstarter campaign to print 5,000 copies of Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice by David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

This book is an essential resource and teaching tool to understand the historical and current climate of race relations and systemic racism in America. The book is finished and ready to print. We just need your support to help get the book into as many hands as possible. The more pre-orders we get, the more copies we can make (and the less expensive it will be per copy to print). Please donate generously and share widely. Donations from U.S. citizens will be tax deductible. Thanks very much in advance for the support!

See images and sample text and pre-order your copy of the book HERE.

About the book:

For many people, especially those who came of age after landmark civil rights legislation was passed, it is difficult to understand what it was like to be an African American living under Jim Crow segregation in the United States. Most young Americans have little or no knowledge about restrictive covenants, literacy tests, poll taxes, lynchings, and other oppressive features of the Jim Crow racial hierarchy. Even those who have some familiarity with the period may initially view racist segregation and injustices as relics of a distant, shameful past. A proper understanding of race relations in this country must include a solid knowledge of Jim Crow—-how it emerged, what it was like, how it ended, and its impact on the culture.

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 Americans 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.

Featuring hundreds of images on 208 oversized pages in full color, and with context provided by the museum’s founder and director David Pilgrim, Understanding Jim Crowis both a grisly tour through America’s past and an auspicious starting point for racial understanding and healing.

Printing thousands of books with full-color images is expensive, especially since we choose to print in the USA with employee-owned printer Thomson-Shore. We want to keep printing costs down so the book can be as accessible as possible. The more pre-orders we receive, the more books we can print! Further, all royalties will go to the Jim Crow Museum.

Copublished by Friends of PM Press and Between the Lines in Canada.


About the author:

Dr. David Pilgrim is a professor, orator, human rights activist, and one of this country’s leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and race relations. He is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, the largest, publicly accessible collection of racist artifacts in the country with over 10,000 pieces located at Ferris State University. He has been interviewed by NPR, Time magazine, BBC, and dozens of newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe,Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. His award-winning films and writings are used by scholars, students, and civil rights workers to better understand historical and contemporary expressions of racism.
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