It is the only coup d'etat to ever occur in United States history! It should be as well known as the Rosewood massacre or the Tulsa race riots, but I have never heard of it before I read this book.
This book is truly a gem. It tells of a boy named Moses who is growing up in a fairly harmonious town. His father is a writer and a city alderman. As I read the first chapters of the book, I was amazed that blacks and whites seemed to be ge ...more
I have found it fascinating to read how professional reviewers look at Newbery predictions and discuss the details of what might ma ...more
For the first half or so I kept getting confused about when this book was set, but that may be my own fault--s ...more
She describes the North Carolina city of Wilmington which (accurately, per her historical note in the afterword) had a remarkable black middle class in 1898: “two years shy of the twentieth century, people of color would hold four of ten seats on the Board of Alderman”.
Moses is very conscious (even before the riots) of his place in ...more
The voice of the main character was terribly inauthentic throughout - a 12 year old pu ...more
“She grew up on a plantation by the ocean and knew an awful lot for someone who couldn’t read or write. She taught me things that Daddy, with all his degrees, didn’t know: that the full moon pulls the tides higher; that star formations appear in different parts of the sky depending on the season; that conch shells hold the sound of the ocean inside them; that the tiny beads of silver that twinkle at ...more
Nothing makes me happier than to blindly stumble into a great story. With the right recommendation, even the flap is a spoiler. Boo Nanny is the first reason to fall in love with this book. As Moses tells it, she takes in wash from the white people in town which clues us in to the time period. Jack Thomas, dad of Moses, works for a newspaper, the first black daily. Over the next 120 pages we coast ...more
It's the story of a young man named Moses whose family is right in the middle of this turbulent time period. Moses' father, a highly educated writer for the newspaper and an elected alderman, is a solid role model and hero to Moses. But they are living in precarious times. There is an uneasiness between the black and white population and when an editorial by Alex Manley co ...more
Crow by Barbara Wright is a historical fiction book from the eyes of Moses, an 11 year old African American boy from a middle class family (just one generation after slavery) right before and during the Wilmington Race Riot. Things were going well for them as well as other African Americans in their community. They were successful and getting the respect they deserve. That is, until Democratic white supremacists decide to overthrow the government and become violent towards Afri ...more
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The story is slow for the first 50 pages or so before it becomes a page turner as Boo Nanny gives out more and more ominous warnings to Moses and his parents, a successful black alderman and a light-skinned Negro woman.
I ran across this title when I was looking through a Scholastic book club flyer. When I saw that it was based on true events that happened in Wilmington, NC in the years of reconstruction, I bought 6 copies so I could use the book for a literature study. Though I hadn't read it, I hoped it would work well to give students better perspective and understanding of this time in history.
In Crow by Barbara Wright, we are introduced to Moses Thomas, an African American boy living in the thriving Black...more