Long George Alley

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Long George Alley is written in twenty-two points of view. Set in Natchez, Mississippi, during the Summer of 1965, it covers two days in the lives of local blacks, whites, and the idealistic young civil rights workers who've come to town to organize black voters and integrate public facilities. But racial tension and Ku Klux Klan violence are running high. And many local blacks--impoverished and apathetic--are resigned to the traditional Jim Crow system of the old South.

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Overview

Long George Alley is written in twenty-two points of view. Set in Natchez, Mississippi, during the Summer of 1965, it covers two days in the lives of local blacks, whites, and the idealistic young civil rights workers who've come to town to organize black voters and integrate public facilities. But racial tension and Ku Klux Klan violence are running high. And many local blacks--impoverished and apathetic--are resigned to the traditional Jim Crow system of the old South.

One goal of the civil rights workers is a march on Duncan Park, an oasis of lush green lawns, a swimming pool and golf course. Where Whites relax and Blacks are allowed to drive through. During the march on Duncan Park, blacks and whites alike are compelled to search their souls and stand up for what they believe in.

Long George Alley is a strikingly evocative statement about the glory, hate, and pain which the racial issue arouses, and which still tear at the fabric of America today. The spectrum of reactions explored in this book will not fail to awaken a response.

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James Baldwin This is a very beautiful book, painful and true.

The New York Times, September 10, 1972 [A]n impressive debut.

Ekwueme Michael Thelwell Author of The Harder They Come A fine novel...[of] political and cultural significance.

Publishers Weekly Compelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743478991
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,508,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hall, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been a visiting writer at Hampshire College and Trinity College, a reporter for Life magazine, and a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
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