Foote mentions the shadow of the Civil War and how it continued to affect the thought patterns of many Southerners well into the twentieth century. How does memory of the War effect Foote’s life and how does this tie into Jim Crow? Think about Reconstruction, memory, and Foote’s observation that he “took all of this for granted, if I wondered at all, as I accepted all the evils of segregation: separate schools, drinking fountains, toilets, blacks being banned from white restaurants and the soda fountains in white drugstores” (32).
The shadow of the Civil War continued to affect the South even after the war was over. Reconstruction often exacerbated old resentments and prejudices. The idea of the “lost cause” became prominent. Jim Crow laws renewed old prejudices, and many people took for granted that their Southern lifestyle was merely normal.
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