Daniel Brook on Race and Reconstruction
In this episode, Daniel Brook, a journalist and author whose writing has been published in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, and the Nation, discusses his new book, "The Accident of Color: A Story of Race and Reconstruction," which is published by W.W. Norton & Company. Brook begins by describing the unique socio-political circumstances surrounding race in antebellum New Orleans and Charleston. He explains how those circumstances shaped the perception and meaning of color in those cities. He explains how the increasing racialization of slavery complicated those social relationships, and how white Southerners made race a binary during Reconstruction and Jim Crow.