I was born in the early 50’s and came of age in the late 60’s. I remember the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of the front page of a mid-western daily newspaper. Some how in history class – we never got past WW2 and our understanding of carpetbaggers and tarring and feathering came mostly from Wagon Train reruns. – All Woefully inadequate.
This book was the first real window into racism for me. I was shocked and horrified. I grew up sheltered from racism – and never imagined the depth of hate. I read several of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s books years ago and understood how awful slavery was – but I thought it was fixed by the Civil War. I am so sorry
If you are white, you probably don’t really understand and you really need to read this book.