Melissa Fay Greene, the award-winning author of PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK, sets her second book in the tumultuous and lawless time in the American South when the fight for racial equality involved not only whites striking against blacks and blacks against whites, but Christians striking against Jews. Greene takes us far beyond the civil rights ...
Melissa Fay Greene, the award-winning author of PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK, sets her second book in the tumultuous and lawless time in the American South when the fight for racial equality involved not only whites striking against blacks and blacks against whites, but Christians striking against Jews. Greene takes us far beyond the civil rights movement to the heart of the Jewish-Black experience in America which began in the middle of the night on October 12, 1958, when fifty sticks of dynamite blew apart the oldest synagogue in Atlanta. The devastating explosion was a pivotal moment in this violent and bloody era. THE TEMPLE BOMBING promises to be a defining work by an author whose approach to the world of narrative nonfiction sets her apart as one of the most important writers of our day.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-12 In 1958, anti-Semitic white supremacists dynamited Atlanta's oldest Jewish synagogue, whose rabbi, Pittsburgh-born Jacob Rothschild, was an outspoken advocate of integration. A trial of the accused terrorists ended in a hung jury, and a second trial in acquittal. The Reform Jewish Temple became a rallying point uniting blacks and Jews in efforts for racial justice, and Rabbi Rothschild (who died in 1974 at the age of 62) befriended Martin Luther King Jr., who in 1960 moved home to Atlanta, the scene of many critical confrontations in the early civil rights movement. Greene recreates these events in a spellbinding narrative written with fierce moral passion and a great sense of historic drama. By delving into the exclusionary policies and attitudes of Atlanta's white Protestant elite, tensions within the city's Jewish community, related terrorist incidents and links among right-wing extremist, racist and anti-Semitic organizations, she has reclaimed a forgotten chapter of the civil rights era. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-21 PW gave a starred review to this NBA nominee, the "spellbinding" history of an Atlanta synagogue and its congregation's place in the civil rights movement. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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