Dark Journey

Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow
Author: Neil R. McMillen
The Bancroft Prize-winning account of race relations and Black struggle
Paper – $33
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1990
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About the Book

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, Dark Journey examines white dominion and Black striving in Mississippi during the crucial years of segregation and disenfranchisement. Neil McMillen portrays the continuing Black struggle for autonomy and full citizenship as a journey in three stages. It begins in the aftermath of Reconstruction’s failure. It proceeds through a period of expedient, opportunistic accommodation and separate development. In the end, it terminates in a second age of civil rights. Although McMillen details white rule, he emphasizes the Black experience and Black resistance. Throughout, he examines Black economic, educational, and political aspirations, Black encounters with the too-similar courts of Jim Crow and Judge Lynch, and evolving Black patterns of accommodation and protest.

About the Author

Neil R. McMillen is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of The Citizens' Council: Organized Resistance to the Second Reconstruction, 1954-64 and coauthor of A Synopsis of American History.

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"Remarkable for its relentless truth-telling, and the depth and thoroughness of its investigation, for the freshness of its sources, and for the shock power of its findings. Even a reader who is not unfamiliar with the sources and literature of the subject can be jolted by its impact."--C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books

"Dark Journey is a superb piece of scholarship, a book that all students of southern and African American history will find valuable and informative."--David J. Garrow, Georgia Historical Quarterly


Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History and the McLemore Prize of the Mississippi Historical Society. Also named an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States.