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Blood Done Sign My Name

A 2005 non-fiction book by Timothy B. Tyson.

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  • May 25, 2010
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review by . November 26, 2008
Confronting the painful history of race in America. This may be the best book I have ever read.
Author Timothy B. Tyson has carved out a rather unique role for himself.  Believe it or not, he is a white man from North Carolina teaching Black History in Wisconsin.  "Blood Done Sign My Name:  A True Story" is the compelling, personal and brutally honest story of how this all came to be.   Tyson was 10 years old back in 1970 and living with his family in the small rural town of Oxford, N.C.  His dad was the Methodist minister and his mom a schoolteacher …
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“Daddy and Roger and ’em shot ’em a nigger.” Those words, whispered to ten-year-old Tim Tyson by a playmate, heralded a ?restorm that would forever transform the tobacco market town of Oxford, North Carolina.

On May 11, 1970, Henry Marrow, a twenty-three-year-old black veteran, walked into a crossroads store owned by Robert Teel and came out running. Teel and two of his sons chased and beat Marrow, then killed him in public as he pleaded for his life.

Like many small Southern towns, Oxford had barely been touched by the civil rights movement. But in the wake of the killing, young African Americans took to the streets. While lawyers battled in the courthouse, the Klan raged in the shadows and black Vietnam veterans torched the town’s tobacco warehouses. Tyson’s father, the pastor of Oxford’s all-white Methodist church, urged the town to come to terms with its bloody racial history. In the end, however, the Tyson family was forced to move away.

Tim Tyson’s riveting narrative of that fiery summer brings gritty blues truth, soaring gospel vision, and down-home humor to a shocking episode of our history. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Blood Done Sign My Name is a classic portrait of an unforgettable time and place.

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ISBN-10: 1400083117 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781400083114 (pbk.)
Author: Timothy B. Tyson
Genre: History
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date Published: May 3, 2005
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