Blood done sign my name a true story

by Tyson, Timothy B.

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Summary
The author returns to his hometown of Oxford, North Carolina, to make sense of the thirty-year-old murder of a black man by a Klansman, and the Klansman's subsequent acquittal by an all-white jury.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this outstanding personal history, Tyson, a professor of African-American studies who's white, unflinchingly examines the civil rights struggle in the South. The book focuses on the murder of a young black man, Henry Marrow, in 1970, a tragedy that dramatically widened the racial gap in the author's hometown of Oxford, N.C. Tyson portrays the killing and its aftermath from multiple perspectives, including that of his contemporary, 10-year-old self; his progressive Methodist pastor father, who strove to lead his parishioners to overcome their prejudices; members of the disempowered black community; one of the killers; and his older self, who comes to Oxford with a historian's eye. He also artfully interweaves the history of race relations in the South, carefully and convincingly rejecting less complex and self-serving versions ("violence and nonviolence were both more ethically complicated and more tightly intertwined than they appeared in most media accounts and history books"). A gifted writer, he celebrates a number of inspirational unsung heroes, ranging from his father to a respected elderly schoolteacher who spoke out at a crucial point to quash a white congregation's rebellion over an invitation to a black minister. Tyson's avoidance of stereotypes and simple answers brings a shameful recent era in our country's history to vivid life. This book deserves the largest possible audience. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy at Sterling Lord Literistic. 8-city author tour. (May 18) FYI: Tyson's last book, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (1999), won the James Rawley Prize and was co-winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Tyson, Timothy B. Childhood and youth
African Americans Crimes against North Carolina Oxford History 20th century
Murder North Carolina Oxford History 20th century
Trials (Murder) North Carolina Oxford
Riots North Carolina Oxford History 20th century
Whites North Carolina Oxford Biography
African Americans North Carolina Oxford Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Politics
History
Oxford (N.C.) Race relations.
Oxford (N.C.) Biography.
Electronic books.
20th century.
Publisher New York :Crown2007
2007
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780307419934
9780307419934
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