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Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past

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Publisher Comments:

Like the renowned classics Praying for Sheetrock and North Toward Home, Ever Is a Long Time captures the spirit and feel of a small Southern town divided by racism and violence in the midst of the Civil Rights era. Part personal journey, part social and political history, this extraordinary book reveals the burden of Southern history and how that burden is carried even today in the hearts and minds of those who lived through the worst of it.Author Ralph Eubanks, whose father was a black county agent and whose mother was a schoolteacher, grew up on an eighty-acre farm on the outskirts of Mount Olive, Mississippi, a town of great pastoral beauty but also a place where the racial dividing lines were clear and where violence was always lingering in the background. Ever Is a Long Time tells his story against the backdrop of an era when churches were burned, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King were murdered, schools were integrated forcibly, and the state of Mississippi created an agency to spy on its citizens in an effort to maintain white supremacy. Through Eubanks's evocative prose, we see and feel a side of Mississippi that has seldom been seen before. He reveals the complexities of the racial dividing lines at the time and the price many paid for what we now take for granted. With colorful stories that bring that time to life as well as interviews with those who were involved in the spying activities of the State Sovereignty Commission, Ever Is a Long Time is a poignant picture of one man coming to terms with his southern legacy.

Review:

"Eubanks's prose is as lean and clean as Faulkner's is tangled and labyrinthine, but its roots are as deep in Mississippi's soil as are those of anything Faulkner wrote. It is, in all respects, an exemplary and admirable piece of work." The Washington Post

Synopsis:

A gripping memoir of coming of age in Mississippi in the Civil Rights era, and a startling look at the once secret files of the State Sovereignty Commission.

About the Author

W. Ralph Eubanks is a native of Mount Olive, Mississippi. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C., where he is the Director of Publishing at the Library of Congress.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738205700
Subtitle:
A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past A Memoir
Author:
Eubanks, Ralph
Author:
Eubanks, W. Ralph
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Education
Subject:
History
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Segregation in education
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
General Biography
Series Volume:
0714
Publication Date:
20030825
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.62x5.72x.93 in. .93 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Basic Books - English 9780738205700 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Eubanks's prose is as lean and clean as Faulkner's is tangled and labyrinthine, but its roots are as deep in Mississippi's soil as are those of anything Faulkner wrote. It is, in all respects, an exemplary and admirable piece of work."
"Synopsis" by , A gripping memoir of coming of age in Mississippi in the Civil Rights era, and a startling look at the once secret files of the State Sovereignty Commission.
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