Sundown Towns: 1890-1910

St. Louis History in Black and White

Banished For decades after the 14th Amendment was ratified, and continuing well into the 20th century, America’s blacks suffered insidious discrimination that came in many forms. One of the most humiliating was “Sundown Towns” part of what was called our “hidden history.” Sundown towns were those communities that systematically excluded blacks from those communities after dark. There is still some evidence them. James Loewen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Vermont has researched the issue extensively, and is the author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, the first book ever written on the subject.


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