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Reviewer rating

Format reviewed: Audio
Ready by J. D. Jackson
7 hours and 25 minutes

North Carolina

Old North State

Crow by Barbara Wright


Time Period:



Wilmington, North Carolina (in Cape Fear)
Wilmington Race Riot of 1898; Ku Klux Klan; racism
forthright, descriptive, tragic, angry

I did say I was presenting only one book per state, but once I listened to Crow I knew I had to include it as well. Crow tells the story of the only successful coup d’état in US history; the only time a non-elected group overthrew a legally elected government.

Eleven-year-old Moses lives in a middle-class African-American neighborhood with his grandmother, an ex-slave; his father, who is a reporter and the business manager of the Daily Record, the only African-American daily newspaper in the United States at the time; and his mother who works as a housemaid. Wilmington is an integrated city with both black and white citizens serving in governmental positions. Race relations seem to be going fairly well, especially as compared to other southern states until an editorial in the paper causes an uproar in the community.

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