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Signs of the Times: The Visual Politics of Jim Crow

Elizabeth Abel


This book traces the career of Jim Crow signs—simplified in cultural memory to the “colored/white” labels that demarcated the public spaces of the American South—from their intellectual and political origins in the second half of the nineteenth century through their dismantling by civil rights activists in the 1960s and 1970s. The book assembles a variegated archive of racial segregation signs and photographs that translated a set of regional practices into a national conversation about race. It also investigates the semiotic system through which segregation worked to reveal how the signs func ... More

Keywords: Jim Crow signs, American South, civil rights, racial segregation, race, semiotic system, somatic sphere, social sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520261174
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Abel, author