In the Shadow of Statues

In the Shadow of Statues

A White Southerner Confronts History

Book - 2018
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The New Orleans mayor who removed Confederate statues from the city confronts the racism that shapes many Americans and argues for white America to reckon with its past.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525559443
Branch Call Number: 305.8009763 LA
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 28, 2019

This was such an inspiring story. Landrieu, from a long lineage of Louisianans, having grown up in a mixed neighborhood that experienced white flight, in a family that has worked for equality for decades, tells the story of choosing to do the right thing by removing statues put up by the Cult of the Lost Cause for traitors who fought against the United States, and all the opposition he encountered. His historical context, from 300 years back to the founding of New Orleans as a slave trading center, to the rise of David Duke to the point of where we are today, interwoven with his own experiences and the experiences of others living in a society that doesn't want the best for everyone, with "centuries-old wounds that are still raw because they never healed right in the first place" reveals that now is the time for Americans to come together, heal and focus on being better together.

Dec 29, 2018

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Oct 28, 2018

I am 3/4 Southern. I lived in Georgia for 8 years. I am interested in racial equality issues and how America can improve. Landrieu comes from a long-time Louisana family, that has been involved in politics for at least 50 years (his father was a state legislator and mayor; his sister is a former state Senator). As mayor, Landrieu worked to take down 4 confederate monuments in New Orleans. Parts of the book read as a typical biography - sometimes a tad too much. But overall I learned a lot from this book...particularly regarding the "Cult of the Lost Cause" and how they sanitized the history of the Civil War. I find this book inspiring and hopeful that we as a country can truly face our flaws and correct them to be "one nation ... indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


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