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Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith
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Killers of the Dream

by Lillian Smith

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The book is about Lillian Smiths life growing up in the American South. In the memoir she speaks about major events that have influenced her ideals. She focuses in on civil rights and the mind set of the south. She tightens her grip on a southerners psychological fight. This fight was between their conscious and southern ideals, and why most sided with ideals. The memoir, although redundant, makes some valid points. Certain parts were added into the memoir after its first publication, most referencing towards WWII and Germany. I did not find this book well written. It was hard to get through and it could not keep my attention at all. She probably could have cut the book down if she needed to. However, if you are interested in learning about southern civil rights history from a white progressive southerners point of view, I would surely consider this novel. ( )
  BethMC90 | Jun 18, 2010 |
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A Southern white writer, educator, and activist, Lillian Smith (1897–1966) spoke out all her life against injustice. In Killers of the Dream (1949), her most influential book, she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful, contradictory rules about sin, sex, and segregation—the intricate system of taboos—that undergirded Southern society.

Published to wide controversy, it became the source (acknowledged or unacknowledged) of much of our thinking about race relations and was for many a catalyst for the civil rights movement. It remains the most courageous, insightful, and eloquent critique of the pre-1960s South.

"I began to see racism and its rituals of segregation as a symptom of a grave illness," Smith wrote. "When people think more of their skin color than of their souls, something has happened to them." Today, readers are rediscovering in Smith's writings a forceful analysis of the dynamics of racism, as well as her prophetic understanding of the connections between racial and sexual oppression.

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