The Strange Career Of Jim Crow Essay

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Comer Vann Woodward studied wrote about the American South and race relations. He was born in 1908 in eastern, rural Arkansas. When he first enrolled into higher education he went to Henderson-Brown College. However, he transferred to Emory University and graduated. After Woodward graduated, he was an English professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Teach). In 1931, he continued his education with graduate school at Columbiana University. There he received a Master of Arts. In 1947, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in history from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then he taught at Johns Hopkins University. He made the achievement of becoming Sterling Professor of History at Yale University from 1961 to 1977. Woodward 's most influential work is The Strange Career of Jim Crow which was published in 1955. In the book, he explained how segregation was not inevitable. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. claimed the book to be "the historical bible of the Civil Rights Movement" (Dr. Fallin, class lecture, n.a date). His second most influential work is Origins of the New South, 1877-1913. It was published in 1951. During his life, he received several honors and recognition for his work such as the Gold Medal of the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, the Bancroft Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. Following Woodward’s death, the Southern Historical Association

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