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Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story Paperback – May 3, 2005
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âDaddy and Roger and âem shot âem a nigger.â Those words, whispered to ten-year-old Tim Tyson by a playmate, heralded a ?restorm that would forever transform the tobacco market town of Oxford, North Carolina.
On May 11, 1970, Henry Marrow, a twenty-three-year-old black veteran, walked into a crossroads store owned by Robert Teel and came out running. Teel and two of his sons chased and beat Marrow, then killed him in public as he pleaded for his life.
Like many small Southern towns, Oxford had barely been touched by the civil rights movement. But in the wake of the killing, young African Americans took to the streets. While lawyers battled in the courthouse, the Klan raged in the shadows and black Vietnam veterans torched the townâs tobacco warehouses. Tysonâs father, the pastor of Oxfordâs all-white Methodist church, urged the town to come to terms with its bloody racial history. In the end, however, the Tyson family was forced to move away.
Tim Tysonâs riveting narrative of that fiery summer brings gritty blues truth, soaring gospel vision, and down-home humor to a shocking episode of our history. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Blood Done Sign My Name is a classic portrait of an unforgettable time and place.
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Read this yourself, and then give a copy to someone who mistakenly believes that they're not interested in history and politics. And if you like this, you'll be sure to like Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.
I wish everyone would read it.