Mississippi Morning

Mississippi Morning

Book - 2004
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Amidst the economic depression and the racial tension of the 1930s, a boy discovers a horrible secret of his father's involvement in the Ku Klux Klan. It was 1933 and life was good for James William. Piece by piece, however, his comfortable life begins to unravel. First he learns that the burning of a black man's house was not accidental. Then his fishing buddy LeRoy tells him about the hanging tree and the Klan. Though he accepts that blacks and whites can't drink from the same fountains because "that's the way it is," James William can't believe that racial hatred exists in his own community until he comes face to face with a Klan member. A thought-provoking story of one boy's loss of naivete in the face of harsh historical realities, Mississippi Morning will challenge young readers to question their own assumptions and confront personal decisions.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2004
ISBN: 9780802854971
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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Dec 20, 2017

This books deals with a difficult subject, and handles it well. The story is good, the art is nice, but I had problems with the narrative. My own experience when I was a teenager with racist men like this doesn't match the story. No white supremacist father I knew hid it from his children. The children were indoctrinated from day one. And I found it difficult to believe that in an era when the Klan operated freely without fear that the men in Pa's grocery store would lower their voices. I recommend this book, because it does deal with racism and racist family members, and lynching trees and cowardly and clandestine attacks on black people, but for me it was truly fiction.

Jan 26, 2014

The innocence of a white boy in the turmoil / era of the Klu Klux Klan. The horrible truth he discovers about his father.


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