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A Game Called Salisbury.

A Game Called Salisbury

Susan Barringer Wells


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Titled after a game lynching game played by children, A Game Called Salisbury: The Spinning of a Southern Tragedy and the Myths of Race is the non-fiction account of author Susan Barringer Wells' investigation into the unresolved, century-old murder of four of her relatives in Jim Crow North Carolina, and the subsequent lynching of the family's black sharecroppers for the crime. In her search for the truth, Wells relentlessly grilled her family members and searched through news accounts; she was struck by the extreme bias of the media and culture at the time, the transparent flimsiness of the case against the accused, and the utter inability for black men and women to receive any kind of justice. Profound to the point of disturbing, A Game Called Salisbury is a search for answers that transcends itself to give an all too vivid picture of the racism that saturated America only a few generations ago.

Margaret Lane


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Title Annotation:A Game Called Salisbury: The Spinning of a Southern Tragedy and the Myths of Race
Author:Lane, Margaret
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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