An American Journey
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To most Americans, Mississippi is not a state but a scar, the place where segregation took its ugliest form and struck most savagely at its challengers. But to many Americans, Mississippi is also home. And it is this paradox, with all its overtones of history and heartache, that Anthony Walton—whose parents escaped Mississippi for the relative civility of the Midwest—explores in this resonant and disquieting work of travel writing, history, and memoir.
Traveling from the Natchez Trace to the yawning cotton fields of the Delta and from plantation houses to air-conditioned shopping malls, Walton challenged us to see Mississippi's memories of comfort alongside its legacies of slavery and the Klan. He weaves in the stories of his family, as well as those of patricians and sharecroppers, redneck demagogues and martyred civil rights workers, novelists and bluesmen, black and white. Mississippi is a national saga in brilliant microcosm, splendidly written and profoundly moving.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book was hard to read and contains loads of boring, irrelevant facts. It's like reading a textbook. I'm an AP student, so I only read this book because it was required. 😴😴
Even better than I remembered
A terrific and touching effort by a devoted son to understand his heritage and the sacrifice of his parents through embracing the one symbol of all they struggled against. And I say that as a fellow member of the Mississippi diaspora, albeit a white one. It is a history or sorts, but really, aren't all of our lives are their own histories? To the AP student reviewer: Pay attention to what others who came before you said and did. Like Faulker wrote, "The past is never dead. It isn't even past."
Not nearly as good as Dennis Mitchell's book: A New History of Mississippi. Wish that was available here.