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Killers of the Dream

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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 synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Steven L W

Important

by Steven L W on Feb 22, 2013

powerful, uncommon viewpoints, ahead of its time, but timeless as well.

dlberek

Profound, Engaging - a Topic Few Dare to Confront

by dlberek on Dec 23, 2008

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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