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Kneel to the Rising Sun and Other Stories

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Collection of 17 short stories.
Paperback, 746
Published 1963 by Four Square (first published January 1st 1935)
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Richard Derus
Mar 04, 2012 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Book Report: Erskine Caldwell, author of the indelible splotches on the American Southern escutcheon [God's Little Acre] and [Tobacco Road], here collects seventeen of his short stories written before 1934, and set in the interwar period South, that was uneasily eyeing change and almost imperceptibly moving into the 20th Century...much against the white folks's will.

Caldwell says, in his introduction to this collection, that many writers are guided away from the short st
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Howard
I have to confess that I have never been a big fan of short fiction. Oh, I enjoy Welty and O'Connor, but their stories leave me hanging and wondering what would have happened to their characters if the story had continued on. Even though I appreciated the talent that it took to tell a story in a minimum number of words and pages, I preferred my fiction in novel form in which plot and characters are more fully developed. My general impulse has always been to shy away from short stories.

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Leon Gray
Jul 20, 2010 Leon Gray rated it it was amazing
SS5H2 The student will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on American life.

Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how African-Americans were prevented from exercising their newly won rights; include a discussion of Jim Crow laws and customs.
SS5H8 The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.

Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Montgomery Bus Boycott,
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Karla
My first time reading this author. Overall, I enjoyed it and liked the short story format, but I'm not sure Caldwell's tendency to repeat himself in the same story (plenty of repetitious dialogue and details) is something I could really cotton to. In a full-length novel, it would get quickly tedious.

But for some short and bitter glimpses into aspects of the 1920s/1930s South - with the screaming racism and penury of sharecropping - it's stark and unforgettable.
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Erskine Preston Caldwell was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was holding the region up to ridicule.
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