Book Reviews of The Hairstons : An American Family in Black and White

The Hairstons : An American Family in Black and White
The Hairstons An American Family in Black and White
Author: Henry Wiencek
ISBN-13: 9780312253936
ISBN-10: 0312253931
Publication Date: 2/19/2000
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Fascinating look at how the "secret" impacted each life. The big pink elephant in the county.
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This is a history of the Hairston family and is a timely story that separates and binds the black and white in America.
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This book is a story of slavery and its legacy in America. Henry Wiencek shows how one family has struggled with the brutal reality of slavery and the cruelties that followed it.
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A fascinating story of the history of slavery involving the mixing of the races and the families strong bonds, interwoven between both families.
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or, at the very least, required senior list reading. This book is not fiction, but reads almost as if it were. It is a little gem, an exploration, using one family's white and black/slave descendants to trace the history of race relations in the south. It is the sort of investigation and thought-provocation that we need to have in this country if we truly are to heal our racial divide, black and white. Press overreactions to any perceived racial 'indicents' are well and good to identify that racial tensions and lack of common ground continues to this day, but this little treatise explores how we got here, which is always the first step towards figuring out how we can mend what we are left with.

I received this book from a Hairston relative, and am just amazed at the significance of its content.