W. W. Norton & Company, July 1994. Trade Paperback. New. Item #266290
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.