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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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New Harmony

Indiana

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930 1022 0
1940 1390 0
1950 1360 0
1960 1121 0
1970 971 0
1980
1990
2000 916 0 2 5 3 4
2010 789 0 1 2
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence
  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

William E. Wilson writes in his book, On the Sunny Side of a One-Way Street:
“By the twentieth century, New Harmony had lost the egalitarian faith on which it was founded a hundred years before, and Aunt Minnie’s Lizzie was the only Negro permitted to live in the town. She had a room in the hotel and never went out on the street, day or night…. She must have had a great deal of what we used to call ‘inner resources.’ Certainly she was a finer person than the group of intolerant white people in the town who made it necessary for her to stay indoors.%u201D (p. 91)