A 199-page book published in 1987 has again caught our eyes. The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City, by journalist Jim Schutze, chronicles the history of race and racism in Dallas. Viewing the long-out-of-print text as vital reading to understand the city, some Dallas residents have shared the book among themselves digitally and in bootleg form for decades. Back in June, an unknown vigilante began tweeting it out line by line, and is currently up to chapter 27 (out of 32 in total).

text, letter: 'The Accommodation,' by Jim Schutze, photographed on June 25, 2020.

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‘The Accommodation,’ by Jim Schutze, photographed on June 25, 2020.

Now, Deep Vellum has announced that it’ll reissue The Accommodation in September 2021, with a new foreword by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. “This vital work is just one history among many that deserve to be published for a wide audience to come to learn more about the history of Dallas,” said publisher and executive director Will Evans in a statement. He added that by understanding Dallas’ past, “we can build a more inclusive, equitable city.”




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