Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow
Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338713657 Paperback
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 12
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a journey through America's past and our nation's attempts at renewal in this look at the Civil War's conclusion, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow segregation.This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction's noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new "color line" in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow: *"Lyrical...Brings depth to history."—School Library Journal, starred review"Beautifully conceived and written. Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow is the right book at the right time. It's beyond necessary."—Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author, Counting by 7s"Brilliant and more necessary now than ever before. This is a book that should be on every bedside table and in every classroom in America. It's a history that belongs to all of us. In Gates's and Bolden's hands, it is a deeply comprehensive, beautifully illustrated, and moving narrative of survival."—Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, National Book Award Winner for Brown Girl Dreaming