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Mississippi: An American Journey

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  To most Americans, Mississippi is not a state but a scar, the place where segregation took its ugliest form and struck most savagely at its challengers.  But to many Americans, Mississippi is also home.  And it is this paradox, with all its overtones of history and heartache, that Anthony Walton—whose parents escaped Mississippi for the relative civility of the Midwest—e ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 28th 1997 by Vintage (first published February 6th 1996)
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Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mostly about race relations in Mississippi and it definitely challenged me in terms of my thinking about relations in the state. I found myself thinking about the book often when I wasn't reading it, particularly in relation to current events. It's a book I'll probably be thinking about for a long while.
Samantha Fox
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for anyone who lives in or is from Mississippi. It will make you recognize your role in Mississippi culture, whether you're white or black, rich, poor, or middle class.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was written 20 years ago and one would hope that some things have changed but I fear not. My grandparents lived in Gulfport, MS so I spent many years in that state, but Gulfport may not be reflective of the rest of the state. But I have an Aunt and cousins that we visited in Jackson and Columbus and much of the book resonates with me from my preteen years in the '50's. Walton traces his family roots in MS which is pretty grim. But the book also takes you through much of the history of ...more
Ian Mullet
Jul 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people into civil rights
a mixture between a history of the civil rights movement in mississippi and one man's personal narrative of his return to his family's home state after growing up in chicago, it could have been a disaster, but it turned out to be quite good. it would have a chapter on medgar evers followed by one where the guy was just talking to his aunt and uncle about how the civil rights movement changed (or didn't change) their lives. that juxtaposition worked quite nicely. overall, not a bad book, and mayb ...more
Pasqua Ruggiero
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
The end was good. That's it
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a white "Northerner" (I grew up in Colorado), my experience living in Mississippi for part of my early adulthood has been one I have cherished. But reading this book helped me see why the place and even just the word "Mississippi" evokes very different emotions for those who were oppressed here for generations. This book taught me so much, is written beautifully, and I am thankful for how it brought me closer to understanding Mississippi, which, if Faulkner is right, brings me also a step clo ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: school, read-in-2016
ugh. I wanted to curl up into a hole and die reading this book.

But believe me, it was indeed interesting and eye-opening, reading about these experiences that these people faced, but it was definitely not my cup of tea.

Also it didn't help that I had to cram it in, trying to finish reading it for a week before school starts. Yeah. Yikes.

And also, the fact that it is both a nonfiction [which I now realize/confirm, seeing the genre on goodreads, whoops.] and [at least for me] a school book made
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were some parts that were quite interesting/easy to get through, interesting interviews and stories, beautiful imagery. But during certain segments, I was falling asleep- at times it was too much like reading a history textbook. Overall, it did make me think more critically about the hardships African-Americans have endured through out US history, so from that perspective, it was certainly a worthwhile undertaking, even if it was challenging at times.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This is written by a sociologist, so the writing can get bogged down at points. But the subject matter is fascinating. Having not grown up during the 1960's, I was quite ignorant to what black/white relations were really like at that time. I added this in response to my adding Roll of Thunder to my page.
A personal exploration of what life was like for family members and elders in Mississippi, from the time of European settlement, up to 1990. As a Canadian transplant living in the American South, Mr. Walton provided answers to things that had been troubling me and for which I sought understanding. An excellent compliment to more formal histories.
Mrs. Bradshaw
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this book! Very interesting insights into the history of Mississippi and the relationship that heritage has with racial issues all over the country. I'm so glad I chose this book for my AP class!
John Jung
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A worthwhile and insightful perspective showing how an African American from the north experiences the post-1960s Deep South.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
oh my gahd I totes loved this book.
Ryan Kos
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very informative and thought provoking book about race relations in the United States. Read this for English, didn't hate it as much as most of my classmates did.
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