The Fire in the Flint

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Written by a lifelong champion of civil rights, this is the story of Kenneth Harper, a young black physician who, after having studied in the North in the early part of the twentieth century and believing the days of oppression for blacks in the South were waning, returns to his hometown of Central City in South Georgia to practice medicine. Harper finds all too soon that the roots of intolerance grow deep. As he becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which the black community remains enslaved, Harper helps ...
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Written by a lifelong champion of civil rights, this is the story of Kenneth Harper, a young black physician who, after having studied in the North in the early part of the twentieth century and believing the days of oppression for blacks in the South were waning, returns to his hometown of Central City in South Georgia to practice medicine. Harper finds all too soon that the roots of intolerance grow deep. As he becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which the black community remains enslaved, Harper helps local sharecroppers organize a cooperative society to share in the economic freedom traditionally reserved for white landowners. The Ku Klux Klan is quickly rallied into action, and Harper finds himself in a violent and vengeful battle with the Klan. Amid the story's tragedy and violence, White reflects the complex nuances of humanity within white and black communities in conflict.

A story of tragedy and violence set in the early 20th century. When Kenneth Harper, a young black physician who has studied in the North, returns to his Georgia hometown to practice medicine, he discovers all too soon that the roots of intolerance are deeply embedded. "A stirring novel, beautifully and passionately written."--The Nation.

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"White has poured all that he knows, all that he has observed in years, all that he has dreamed and all that he has experienced, interpreting everything with his own passion and leaving art to take care of itself. The result is a stirring novel, beautifully and passionately written."--The Nation
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White's 1924 novel tells the story of Kenneth Harper, a young black doctor who, after receiving his medical degree, returns to his Southern home to face segregation and racism. His defiance of oppression results in a confrontation with the Klan.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820317427
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Brown Thrasher Books Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Walter White (1893?-1955) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. A significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance, he is the author of several books, including The Fire in the Flint, A Man Called White (both Georgia), Flight, and Rope and Faggot: A Biography of Judge Lynch.
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