Daniel Brook will discuss his new book 'The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction'
“The Accident of Color is a spell-binding exploration of mixedrace Charlestonians and New Orleanians who had built complex lives across the color line during and after the Civil War, and struggled mightily against the dawn of Jim Crow segregation in the latter parts of the nineteenth century. Heartbreaking but also vividly alive, The Accident of Color moves easily from court cases to activists on the ground to politicians in legislatures as it portrays the many ways people struggled for the right to define themselves in a time of hardening racial lines. A lovely, necessary book.”
—Gregory P. Downs, professor of history, University of California, Davis, and author of 'The Second American Revolution'