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Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson
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Nov 12, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: history
Recommended for: Anyone who lives in North Carolina; anyone interested in race in the United States
Read in June, 2006

Wow. I can't remember the last time I read a non-fiction book that moved me so much. Tyson tells the story of a murder that happened during his childhood in Oxford, NC and uses it to explore race and religion in 1970s North Carolina. While never discounting the importance of non-violent resistance, he also examines it limitations and suggests that it took the very real threat of violence from African American veterans to bring about meaningful change on a local level. Although the book takes place in North Carolina, it would be a mistake to think of this as a Southern story. It's an American tragedy and, as Tyson points out, one that could and did happen throughout all of the States.
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