Separate pasts growing up white in the segregated south

He tells about the talk of sex, about myths of the men and women of the Black community. Chicago Tribune Makes an adolescent's confusions illuminate much of the moral confusion of white society.

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Things were changing in the South in the 50s and shortly after McLaurin left Wade, cars driving south on bypassed Wade on Interstate And he tells about the one older black man, Jerome, who, like McLaurin, was a Yankee fan. In his small hometown of Wade, North Carolina, whites and blacks lived and worked within each other's shadows, yet were separated by the history they shared. Shelves: african-american-studies , american-history , southern-history This was a delightful memoir but a hard read. One story is about a hard working woman named Viny Love who lived alone with her son who had cerebral palsy. In what had to be one of the more painful stories to write, McLaurin confesses about an incident when he, with a group of other white boys, taunted Sam, an older black man. Chicago Tribune Makes an adolescent's confusions illuminate much of the moral confusion of white society. As one who grew up as segregation was waning, I would recommend this book as a glimpse into a world that thankfully has ended even though there is still remnants remaining. McLaurin grew up in the s in town of Wade, North Carolina.

Our experiences of growing up in the South were different, yet in many ways similar. A new afterword provides historical context for the development of segregation in North Carolina.

It was reissued inwith a new afterword. When she was shunned by a county welfare agent, he took it upon himself to get action from the county. And there were other changes under foot. Nor did he go inside one of their homes. McLaurin focuses on his work at the store and his encounters with the African-American community which provided insight into the segregated South on the eve of its demise.

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McLaurin honestly and plainly recalls his boyhood during the s, an era when segregation existed unchallenged in the rural South.

One story is about a hard working woman named Viny Love who lived alone with her son who had cerebral palsy. Yet there was another sense of betrayal, deeper and more personal. No one else in the community liked the Yankees, according to McLaurin. In his small hometown of Wade, North Carolina, whites and blacks lived and worked within each other's shadows, yet were separated by the history they shared.

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This book opened my eyes as I was born in the next county to the west, a year before McLaurin left Wade for college. Shelves: african-american-studies , american-history , southern-history This was a delightful memoir but a hard read. Nor did he go inside one of their homes. He was one who extended credit when needed, especially in the off seasons when there were little work for the men in that community. Yet there was another sense of betrayal, deeper and more personal. Washington Post. It is a dispatch from a time that mercifully is no more.
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Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South by Melton A. McLaurin