Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Author: Patrick Phillips
Year: 2016
ISBN: 978-0-393-35473-7 (Paperback)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Content Warnings: racial violence, graphic descriptions of lynching, historical photographs of bodies of victims of lynching, description of sexual assault

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America¬†is a story close to the author’s heart. I had the opportunity to speak to the author and hear him describe his motivation and his experiences growing up in Forsyth county in Georgia. I rarely get to look an author in the eye and hear why they wrote what they wrote. His sentiments at that event reflect the author’s note at the end of the book. Phillips, born in 1970, witnessed firsthand the ripples of the events from 1912, as there were no black people in the county. Phillips describes

The events leading up to the ex

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