Uncle Tom's Children

Uncle Tom's Children

Book - 1993
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"This fascinating and famous collection brings to life post-slavery characters in their full psychological and emotional depth."--Publisher description
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1993
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION WRI
Characteristics: xxix, 301 p. ; 18 cm

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Al6Hameed
Sep 26, 2019

I love Wright's writings. I was not born in the South so they are "eye openers" for me.

My mom, a Southern gal, never mentioned the brutality that was taking place with impunity.

Now I know why...it was too gruesome for children's ears😧.

Where were the law officials? Where was the compassion? Where was common decency toward God's creation?

That leads me to believe that the creatures doing this evil were soulless, satanic, human- looking, talking animals😊.

I still believe that😊.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 14, 2013

This collection from the author of the seminal "Native Son" and "Black Boy" contains a short autobiographical essay and five short stories, all dealing with racial tension in the South. Tension is an understatement, as all these stories deal with the precarious status of Blacks in a White society and the constant threat for violence. Wright was one of the first, if not the first, African-American writers to deal explicitly with white cruelty and violence in an unflinching, outraged manner. These stories are hard to read and they should be and while we like to think we're past it, we only have to think of recent events like the shooting of Trayvon Martin or the black shoppers stopped at Barney's to know that these problems are still with us in our so-called post-race society. Essential reading.

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