Sundown Towns

Jim Loewen’s 2005 book Sundown Towns is now out in paperback and the most recent edition of his newsletter, The Sundown Town News is up on the net here. You may be particularly interested in his advocacy of the elimination of the vestiges of sundown towns. He includes this discussion of a case in Illinois:

Chief Judge G. Patrick Murphy of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has shown the way. He held up $70,000,000 in federal money from being spent on a new courthouse in Benton because it is a sundown town. “I think it is fundamentally wrong to send the resources of the federal government, particularly in regard to the court system, to a community that is not diverse and is not enthusiastic about letting our employees participate fully in community life,” said Murphy in October, 2002.

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