Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen
No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a “sundown” town. In his trademark revelatory style, bestselling author James W. Loewen explores one of America’s best-kept secrets as he unearths the making of sundown towns and discloses the fact that many white neighborhoods and suburbs are the result of years of racism and segregation. Anna, Illinois; Darien, Connecticut; and Cedar Key, Florida, are just a few examples of the thousands of all-white towns established between 1890 and 1968, many of which still exist today. White residents of these towns used any means possible — including the law, harassment, race riots, and even murder — to keep African Americans and other minority groups out.
Powerful and unprecedented, Sundown Towns tells the story of how these towns came into existence, what maintains them, and what to do about them. It also deepens our understanding of the role racism has played and continues to play in our society.
The author has a webpage that has a map of all the sundown towns across America and their histories. I came across it a while back when I was looking up history of my hometown (which is, of course, on the sundown town list… SMH!!!).
This is a great book that y’all should read if you get the chance, but the sundown town page is also really informative.
Books are so weird because on the outside they’re just like really heavy blocks that are only good for smacking things and then on the inside they’re entire worlds
BIGGER ON THE INSIDE
Gorgeous European Libraries - by Christoph Seelbach
My absolute favorite thing is finding a book I can’t put down
And reading it until really late at night
And only stopping when my eyes start to hurt and my vision gets blurry from either sleep or strain
And when I put it down I realize how tired I am and fall asleep instantly.
In the morning, I wake up, and the first thing I do is pick up the book
And I read until I’m hungry, or I need to pee.
I just love that.
when I say “I wish they would turn this book into a movie” what I really mean is “I wish they would turn this book into a 17-hour-long spectacle that includes every single solitary detail and doesn’t deviate at all from the storyline and has perfect casting”
Brought to you once again by the always-rad Autostraddle, a list of books for queer young adult ladyfolk.
The Adventurer’s Diary was a comission project made for the magazine 3D Artist (www.3dartistonline.com). It was the final result of a tutorial about its creation we were asked to write.
The “Written Portraits” series were created by completely in 3D for the Dutch Book Week. Concept by Markus Ravenhorst and Maarten Reynen, CGI and postproduction by Souverein Weesp.
A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes.
The Espresso Book Machine has access to 500,000 different books - the same as 23.6 miles of shelf space - and can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine minutes.
Pages are printed at a rate of over 100 per minute and are then pressed, glued and cut to produce a pristine book.
Users simply pick the book they would like on a screen and wait for it to be printed … it certainly is a novel way of getting a new book.
WHO WANTS TO ROAD TRIP WITH ME TO THIS VENDING MACHINE Y/Y?
I think Johannes Gutenberg’s mind would turn to mush and come out of his ears and eyes if he ever saw this.
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. X