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Separate Pasts

Growing up White in the Segregated South

Brown Thrasher Books Ser.

by Melton A. McLaurin


In "Separate Pasts" Melton A. McLaurin honestly and plainly recalls his boyhood during the 1950s, an era when segregation existed unchallenged in the rural South. In his small hometown of Wade, North Carolina, whites and blacks lived and worked within each other's shadows, yet were separated by the history they shared. "Separate Pasts" is the moving story of the bonds McLaurin formed with friends of both races--a testament to the power of human relationships to overcome even the most ingrained systems of oppression.A new afterword provides historical context for the development of segregation in North Carolina. In his poignant portrayal of contemporary Wade, McLaurin shows that, despite integration and the election of a black mayor, the legacy of racism remains.

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Book Information

Copyright year 1998
ISBN-13 9780820320472
ISBN-10 0820320471
Class Copyright
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Subject Biography & Autobiography;Social Science
File Size 0 MB
Number of Pages 192
Shelf No. KG109