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Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
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Tyson sheds a new light on the struggle for racial justice as he weaves together childhood memories with the realities of present-day Oxford, North Carolina--his hometown--where a young black man was killed in the town square by a Klansmen in 1970. High school & older. ...The "riveting"* true story of the fiery summer of 1970, which would forever transform the town of Oxford, North Carolina--a classic portrait of the fight for civil rights in the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird

*Chicago Tribune

On May 11, 1970, Henry Marrow, a twenty-three-year-old black veteran, walked into a crossroads store owned by Robert Teel and came out running. Teel and two of his sons chased and beat Marrow, then killed him in public as he pleaded for his life.

Like many small Southern towns, Oxford had barely been touched by the civil rights movement. But in the wake of the killing, young African Americans took to the streets. While lawyers battled in the courthouse, the Klan raged in the shadows and black Vietnam veterans torched the town's tobacco warehouses. Tyson's father, the pastor of Oxford's all-white Methodist church, urged the town to come to terms with its bloody racial history. In the end, however, the Tyson family was forced to move away.

Tim Tyson's gripping narrative brings gritty blues truth and soaring gospel vision to a shocking episode of our history.

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

"If you want to read only one book to understand the uniquely American struggle for racial equality and the swirls of emotion around it, this is it."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Blood Done Sign My Name is a most important book and one of the most powerful meditations on race in America that I have ever read."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Pulses with vital paradox . . . It's a detached dissertation, a damning dark-night-of-the-white-soul, and a ripping yarn, all united by Tyson's powerful voice, a brainy, booming Bubba profundo."--Entertainment Weekly

"Engaging and frequently stunning."--San Diego Union-Tribune

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
1400083117
EAN
9781400083114
Publication Date
03/05/2005
Pages
355
Dimension
20.52cm x 13.36cm x 2.06cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
1240
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About Author

Tyson, Timothy B.
Timothy B. Tyson is a professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His last book, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (UNC Press, 1999), won the James Rawley Prize and was co-winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize.

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