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Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    engrossing "true crime" account

    It is almost impossible for us to appreciate the intense racism of the late 19th and early 20th century. While open and legal in the South, custom dictated almost the same levels in the rest of the nation. This was a time when the Klan was powerful and admired by many Americans. Membership was restricted and considered a requirement for advancement in many communities. America has an intense anti-Catholic history that walked hand in hand with racism. The Klan stood for White Americans against the corrupting influences of the Pope and the Catholic Church, just as it stood against mixing the races.
    In 1921 Birmingham, anti-Catholic feelings, racism, parental authority come together during a murder trial. This is neither a pretty picture nor one that will make the reader feel good. However, it is an objective look at an ugly incident and the society that spawned and condoned it. This book is history that reads like a novel and can be read either way. The book is fully footnoted and indexed for those who wish to read history. However, the author writes in the present converting newspaper accounts and testimony into conversations. This is a well-written engrossing "true crime" account that is well worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    Great book

    Thoroughly researched. This book gives a well-organized presentation of a very disturbing case in the history of American "justice," and a clear sense of the disturbing attitudes of the time.

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