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Blood at the root : a racial cleansing in America / Patrick Phillips.

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  • 6 of 6 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Summary:

"Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they'd founded the county's thriving black churches. But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. Soon bands of white 'night riders' launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In the wake of the expulsions, whites harvested the crops and took over the livestock of their former neighbors, and quietly laid claim to 'abandoned' land. The charred ruins of homes and churches disappeared into the weeds, until the people and places of black Forsyth were forgotten, as locals kept Forsyth 'all white' well into the 1990s. Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth's racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century"--Jacket.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 305.8009758 .P562b 2016 (Text) 37814003056521 NON-FICTION Book None 01/12/2017 Available -
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 305.8009 PHIL 2016 (Text) 23892000937535 Main Collection Book None 06/13/2017 Available -
Enterprise Public Library 305.8 Phi (Text) 30001000285249 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/17/2017 Available -
Klamath Community College F292 .F67 P47 2016 (Text) 3760307498 Main Collection Book None 05/28/2019 Available -
Lake County Main Library - Lakeview 305.8009758 PHILLIPS (Text) 37620000872970 Adult Non-Fiction Book System_Only_3months 03/02/2017 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 305.8 PHI (Text) 33892006149414 NON-FICTION New/High Demand None 09/30/2016 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393293012 :
  • Physical Description: xxii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-284) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Law of the land -- The scream -- Riot, rout, tumult -- The missing girl -- And the mob came on -- A straw in the whirlwind -- The devil's own horses -- The majesty of the law -- Fastening the noose -- We condemn this conduct -- Crush the thing in its infancy -- The scaffold -- When they were slaves -- Driven to the cook stoves -- Exile, 1913/1920 -- Erasure, 1920/1970 -- The attempted murder of Miguel Marcelli -- The brotherhood march, 1987 -- Silence is consent -- Epilogue: A pack of wild dogs.
Citation/References Note:
Publishers Weekly, July 04, 2016.
Booklist, July 01, 2016.
Kirkus Reviews, July 01, 2016.
Library Journal, July 01, 2016.
Summary, etc.:
"Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they'd founded the county's thriving black churches. But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. Soon bands of white 'night riders' launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In the wake of the expulsions, whites harvested the crops and took over the livestock of their former neighbors, and quietly laid claim to 'abandoned' land. The charred ruins of homes and churches disappeared into the weeds, until the people and places of black Forsyth were forgotten, as locals kept Forsyth 'all white' well into the 1990s. Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth's racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century"--Jacket.
"A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia and ... testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America ... Patrick Phillips breaks the century-long silence of his hometown and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Race relations.
Forsyth County (Ga.) > Race relations > History.
Southern States > Race relations

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