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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Set in the aftermath of the Civil War in Richmond, VA, a young m

    Set in the aftermath of the Civil War in Richmond, VA, a young man named Shad must find where his loyalties lie.  As he follows his older brother and becomes a member of the KKK, he learns a great deal about a "brotherhood" that works together for a common cause and are always there for each other.  However, he also develops an alliance with the teacher who is setting up schools to help freed slaves gain an education.  Shad wants more than anything to be able to read, so he joins this young group who will help him achieve his goal.  Unfortunately, he has now found himself on both sides of a fence and must decide where his loyalties lie.  He must also decide what is right and what is wrong, knowing that whatever he decides will have major consequences.  This is great story about a difficult topic.  It portrays one boy's experiences in growing to be a man and deciding what type of man he wishes to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    This fascinating look at the aftermath of the Civil War in Richm

    This fascinating look at the aftermath of the Civil War in Richmond, VA, goes far to explain the long-lingering divides between the North and the South, and takes into account class as well as race. As a young, white, rural, farmboy who lost his daddy in the war, Shad finds himself both drawn to the Ku Klux Klan and repelled by his older brother's bullying tactics. He's equally drawn to and repelled by the hidden school that is teaching the recently-freed slaves to read and write. The story lies in Shad's attempts to figure out what he should do in this situation. The answers, while far from easy, make for a page-turning story.

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