The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South

The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South

The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South

The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South

Synopsis

The Last Days is something entirely different in the literature of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This uncompromising, heartbreaking memoir shows how people struggled with the actual processes of integration. Seeking to come to terms with the haunting memories of his childhood and adolescence in the Deep South, Charles Marsh has crafted a gripping story of small-town Southern life caught up in the whirlwind of the civil rights movement and its fallout.

Excerpt

One spring afternoon in 1967, when the warm Alabama air was perfumed with honeysuckle and scuppernong, my father and I were walking along a dirt path through fields of green wire grass. With his hand brushing lightly against my shoulders, he told me the Lord was calling us to Mississippi, to blessings more abundant than we could ever imagine. He assured me I'd grow fond of the new town. "You might feel a little sad for a while about leaving your friends, but that'll pass," he said. He told me my mother had cried when the final decision was made, and that was a normal reaction. But everything . . .

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