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Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Birth of a Nation'hood elucidates as never before the grim miasma of the O.J. Simpson case, which has elicited gargantuan fascination.

As they pertain to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through twelve powerful essays that have been written e
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Paperback, First Edition, 448 pages
Published February 4th 1997 by Pantheon Books
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Edel Henry
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Another half star entry for me! This is more of a 3.5 read but a couple of poor essays couldn't guarantee it the star upgrade.

Having just completed the series "American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson" I have been reading as much as I can about the trial and, the more I read, the more fascinating and layered it becomes. In terms of offering alternative perspectives regarding aspects of the case, this is an essential read. I think this collection of essays is really effective at giving mor
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Harry kendall
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
if you are really interested in understanding the oj simpson trial, this is the book for you. with a clarity few others have toni walks us through the characters and events exposing things we would miss. you don't know the case until you've read this book....
Salvatore
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Intriguing essays on the reductive and terrible nature of media and racism. Theoretical - projecting lit crit on humans still seems a little off to me - and example-based. Good reading.
Judy
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting.
Laura
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A definite read for anyone interested in the cultural and racial implications of the O.J. Simpson trial.
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We do not live in a colorless society, no matter how open-minded individuals are. At the end of the day color is noted. This is not always a bad thing, but it often can me.
Mehrsa
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great set of essays about the OJ simpson trial, but so much more than that--a really interesting compilation of thoughts on race as it was brought out by the trial of the century.
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k
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