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All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence Paperback – January 8, 2008
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The book argues that Bosket's attitudes and his murders can be explained in large measure by the history of violence -- specifically the concern for honor/respect -- in the South in general and in rural South Carolina in particular. Thus it is that Butterfield spends a good deal of time on the history of Bosket's family and of the region in which they labored as slaves.
Then Butterfield goes on to write a remarkably detailed account of Willie's father, and Willie himself. We read, for example, that the father, after many lesser crimes, killed two men in a fit of rage. He was convicted and imprisoned. Then he worked so hard over two decades in the classes the prison offered that he earned first his GED and then a college degree from the University of Kansas; he did so well that he was the first (and perhaps still the only) inmate to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. With all of his professors and others lobbying for him, he was paroled. He immediately found a well paying job as a computer programmer and began upon graduate work. But within THREE MONTHS he was arrested for raping his girlfriend's 6-year-old child. Shortly thereafter he died in an escape attempt -- killing both himself and the girlfriend -- his rape victim's mother, remember -- who was helping him escape.
The account of Willie's life is even more jaw dropping. One of the other reviewers talks, predictably, about how "the system failed Willie." But this is nonsense.Read more ›
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This book is a study of a man, a family, and many cultures. It's interesting, real, and disturbing.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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