Pros: intense and powerful story of blacks during the Jim Crow Era
This book was a real eye opener for me. It appealed to me out of a local and regional interest since I live in Georgia and we have a large African American population. I wanted to see how blacks lived during the time after legal slavery and before the Civil Rights era, that twilight time known as Jim Crow.
Frankly, I was shocked to read how blacks were daily reminded of their second class status, from riding on the backs of busses and trains, to the many closed doors of education and good jobs. Day in and day out, blacks endured harrassment, intimidation, judicial bias and hard times.
The book covers almost every aspect of black life from religion, education, working and customs and traditions. In spite of all, blacks persevered and kept the faith that one day things would get better. The discontent grew and festered into the Civil Rights Era.
A must read for anyone interested in American History, Southern History, or the Civil Rights Struggle. Powerful, powerful reading.