A Time of Terror: A Survivor's Storyby James Cameron, James W. Loewen (Foreword by), Fran Kaplan (Editor)
“I had done nothing that could really be called bad. I had been foolish, yes, but I had not done anything bad. The trouble was, this was Marion, Indiana, where there was very little room for foolish black boys.”
On a sweltering August night in 1930, two older boys invited sixteen-year-old Jimmie Cameron for what they said/strong>/em>
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A Time of Terror tells an important story. It recounts historically significant events from a personal perspective that brings much-needed nuance and emotion to our understanding of history. The introductory material adds strength to this narrative by providing context that we rarely learn or discuss. The new introduction is well written, easy to read, and worth the time. I was particularly struck by my own ignorance about some of the specific racially discriminatory and violent practices that were common in the history of northern states. As citizens of northern states, many of us have bought into a lie that we have a right to feel morally superior because we aren’t guilty of the atrocities common in the south, when in fact we are just as guilty. Understanding our true historical legacy is a necessary first step to acknowledging our current challenges and building solutions. I believe that wide readership of this book can help us do that.