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Oct 13, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone living in the Lakelands in South Carolina
Recommended to Emily by: Richard Whiting
"For many white people in McCormick, the Civil War still rages. Yankees remain the enemy and "Dixie" will forever be the national anthem. Abraham Lincoln never was THEIR president and everybody knows that Martin Luther King, Jr., was a communist agitator. J. Edgar Hoover said so, and taht's good enough for most folks."
McCormick is my current hometown and this book is a past account of events that occurred there in the 80's. I was living in Germany during the time the book was written and not aware of the goings on in the south at that time. This is my second reading as the book is the "Read & Feed" book club selection for Oct.
The Messenger is the weekly newspaper in our town of McCormick. In 1985 the author bought the paper and this is his story of his fight against bigotry and greed. CBS 60 minutes did a piece on this and the locals are still up in arms over the author's success in getting the sheriff of the county put in prison for embezzlement.
Iam from Greenwood S.C not to far from McCormick and I had no Idea this was going on.Now I was only a young teen back then but it was neat to read something so close from home.My Husband's father owned a business around that time in McCormick but since has passed.I would have loved to talked to him about this, he new everyone in McCormick so iam sure he knew things also.