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
0525559442
Branch Call Number: 305.8009763 LA
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm

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HeatherBeePDX76
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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