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In the Land of Cotton

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SLAVERY IS MORE THAN CHAINS AND SHACKLES

SLAVERY IS A STATE OF MIND

Immerse yourself in this highly anticipated political docu-drama set in the Deep South amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

Martha was a young white girl living in the Deep South, inundated with the racist sentiments of the times. But Martha's natural curiosity and gener
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Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by Outskirts Press (first published April 5th 2009)
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Claudia Robinson
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Carole
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Martha Taylor was a young white girl living in the Deep South in the mid-fifties when her curious nature led her to follow her caretaker Lucy (a young black woman) into the woods one day where she finds Lucy's family living there. As she visits the family more and more she comes to realise that the color of her skin does not matter to them, they welcome her for who she is.

Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, the story revolves around Martha and S
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kelley
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to kelley by: Staci
Shelves: 2009, fiction
I began reading this book without reading the description on the back and I skipped the foreword. I’m sorry that I did because it diminished my reading experience. It wasn’t until I reached the end of this book that I realized the protagonist in the story “Miz Martha” was also the author of this book. This story is about her life, in particular with regards to the civil rights movement.

The year is 1959 and the story is set in the deep South. Miz Martha, an 11 year old white girl, lives in Tenne
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Grady
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
'Look away, Dixieland'

Martha A. Taylor has managed to write an involving novel, IN THE LAND OF COTTON, that not only develops an excellent, emotionally moving story, but also serves as a fine textbook for the study of the rise of the civil rights movement from the year 1959 to the present. This could have easily been two separate books, one a history of African Americans in America from the time of slavery through the emancipation to the rise of black leaders culminating in the election o
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Staci
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
My Thoughts:

This is the story of Martha's childhood and teen years living in Memphis during the 1950's and into the 60's. She allows us a glimpse into her world where we find out that she experiences child molestation from an adult who was supposed to care for her, someone that should've never hurt their own grandchild. Her parents are distant, stingy with their love, and always fighting. As a way to escape these three people, she follows the babysitter, Lucy, who is a black woman,ho
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Nely
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In the Land of Cotton is the coming-of-age story of a young, white girl living in the color-divided Deep South - set in the late fifties and sixties, Memphis, TN. Martha’s life changes when her parents hire a colored woman, Lucy, to be nanny to both Martha and her younger sister. See up until that time, Martha had never really seen a colored person up close and, as was common at the time, she believed that colored people were bad and hated all white people. But Lucy certainly changed all that. M ...more
Sarah Sammis
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am embarrassed by the length of time between reading (and loving) In the Land of Cotton by Martha A. Taylor and reviewing it. I keep a list of books I need to review but some how this book and a half dozen others didn't make it onto that list.

I read In the Land of Cotton just after reading her novel Outside the Lavender Closet. I commented in my review that her novel reads like a memoir. Here, though, is a memoir and it reads like a novel.

Taylor describes her childhood
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Ilia
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In The Land of Cotton

BOOK REVIEW
BOOK: In The Land of Cotton
AUTHOR: Martha A. Taylor
PUBLISHER: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1432734718
RATING: 5 stars

Not only did the author, Martha A. Taylor attack a controversial subject, she supplied a side to the history of America that really needed to be told and did a fantastic job.

The story focuses around a young white girl named Martha living in the deep south in 1956 who discovered a
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Bobbie  Crawford
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
In the Land of Cotton
Written by: Martha A. Taylor
Published by: Outskirts Press
Date: April 6, 2009
Pages: 270
Format: Perfect Paperback
ISBN: 978-1432734718

In the Land of Cotton is absolutely fantastic! From page one I was hooked! When I first read the synopsis for In the Land of Cotton I was really intrigued but I hadn’t realized that it was based on Martha A. Taylor’s life as she grew up in the Deep Southern United States, in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Here I am,
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Sharon
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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“In my parents’ and grandparents’ world skin color was an everyday reminder. In my world it had become the color of life.” ~Martha Taylor

Martha Taylor’s autobiography chronicles her life in the South starting in 1956 through 1968. She is a lonely white girl in Tennessee who bonds with her black housekeeper, Lucy Boyd. When her father loses his job they have to let Lucy go, and unbeknownst to her family, Martha follows Lucy to her home. Martha is taken in by Lucy’s family and meets Si
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VegasGal
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
This story had intrigued me reading the synopsis a month ago and it definitely continued to hold my interest right through until the bittersweet ending. This book is not only filled with an excellent story of Martha's secret life, but it also kept the reader up to date on the current political happenings and upheavals during that particular time frame of the mid 50's to the late 60's, which added a great bit of simultaneous history and entertainment to the story.
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have words to properly express how good I found this book to be. It was amazing, just amazing..read it!
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