Holocaust in the Homeland tells the story of one of the darkest days in US history. Envious locals in Tulsa dubbed the Greenwood section "Black Wall Street" because of its economic success, but that success was obliterated by a riot in 1921. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents. This account sees the events through the eyes of a fictional reporter. It offers perspective and hope. The events of Memorial Day, 1921 were hidden for the better part of a century, but knowing the truth about that day is critical to understanding ourselves and our motives and will ultimately make us all safer in an unsafe world. Today, just as in 1921, media hype too often obscures truth and embraces hype because hype is more interesting. The truth about this event must no longer be kept secret. Follow Sam Stackhouse, an old man remembering, as he discovers truth and wisdom.
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I am writing this because I told the author I would let her know what I thought about this book. I found it to be a very well thought out and well written description of the events. I liked her choice of using a fictional young reporter to bring some of the actual people to life. As a reporter he was just curious and was not there to criticize or write exposes, but to get to know the more influential residents of Greenwood and what made them who they were. He helped us learn about the history Greenwood, how it came to be, and the people who lived there. She did not rant and rave about the injustices that occurred. but made it obvious that they did exist. It is extremely frightening to see how ordinary citizens can turn into a vicious mob totally lacking in morality. It would be interesting to interview some of the children of the white rioters as I'm sure there would be many still alive today. Would the rioters as they got older look back in shame like a recovering alcoholic...
Novel told by a young reporter caught up in something he didn't understand and could not fathom. Whites were afraid of the black population and many found the Greenwood residents to have more than they (the whites) thought they should. This is in 1921 so really quite a way from the days of Slavery in the South, but it seemed to have made no difference. A young black boy was accused of trying to rape a white girl, although she denied it. Mob rule broke out and the homes, indeed all of Greenwood were destroyed with thousands of the residents murdered, and buried in graves with no markers nor places for the families to mourn, even it they ever knew where their loved ones were. I never read about this in any history book I ever was taught. What a shame. In order to understand history, we need to learn about it. Thank you Corinda Marsh. Another very fine teaching book.
Another of the parts of history that wasn't taught in the classroom should be required reading for all high school students.
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