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Incognegro by Mat Johnson
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Jun 28, 2011

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, historical-fiction, mystery
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A useful tool for high school and teaching the civil rights movement. Plot was a little hokey, but it would keep a teen's interest. Twins boys are born to an African American family, one is dark the other is so light skinned he passes for white. The fair skinned brother does well as a reporter for a newspaper in New York City while his dark-skinned brother leads a life of crime by making moonshine in the 40's and cavorting with a white woman in Mississippi. The reporter brother travels to Tupelo to help his brother who has wrongfully been put in jail for the murder of a white woman (supposedly his girlfriend). Lynch mobs have already been organized and the KKK is actively looking for reasons to torture and kill what they see as a threat to their way of life. Short and makes an easy read.

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