A Southern white writer, educator, and activist, Lillian Smith (1897 1966) spoke out all her life against injustice. In Killers of the Dream (1949), ...Show synopsisA Southern white writer, educator, and activist, Lillian Smith (1897 1966) spoke out all her life against injustice. In Killers of the Dream (1949), her most influential book, she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful, contradictory rules about sin, sex, and segregation the intricate system of taboos that undergirded Southern society.Hide synopsis
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Upon reading the very first page, I knew I had a very special book in my hands. This is one of the most beautifully written and insightful books I have ever read, with an honesty and moral awareness one would find in the writings of Robert Coles.
Part One, "The Dreamers" chronicles Ms. Smith's life, as well as what she observed of the South as a Southerner herself.
Part Two, "The White Man's Burden," Ms. Smith explains how segregation shuts out not only blacks, but also whites.
Part Three, "Giants of the Earth," discusses how the powers to be, men in politics and business leaders, created the current situtation of segregation in the South and the reasons they wish to maintain the status quo.
Part Four, "The Dream and Its Killers," explores how the very future of humanity, "the Dream," depends on a willingness to embrace positive change and challenge those aspects of the status quo that aim to keep that from happening.
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