Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. He'll be joining us for a special afternoon event to support The Accident of Color, a technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white
In The Accident of Color, Daniel Brook journeys to nineteenth-century New Orleans and Charleston and introduces us to cosmopolitan residents who elude the racial categories the rest of America takes for granted. Before the Civil War, these free, openly mixed-race urbanites enjoyed some rights of citizenship and the privileges of wealth and social status. But after Emancipation, as former slaves move to assert their rights, the black-white binary that rules the rest of the nation begins to intrude. During Reconstruction, a movement arises as mixed-race elites make common cause with the formerly enslaved and allies at the fringes of whiteness in a bid to achieve political and social equality for all.
Help us welcome Daniel to Turnrow for the first time on June 29 at 2pm.
A technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white.