What comes about when an ethnographer and storyteller confronts a painful legacy of racism? And what happens when a scholar of white supremacy researches her own family’s troubled history?

B. Brian Foster’s powerful essays in Ghosts of Segregation: American Racism, Hidden in Plain Sight bring to life what is often in the shadows of Black American heritage. Author Grace Elizabeth Hale revisits an old family legend that hides a dark truth in In The Pines: A Lynching, a Lie, and a Reckoning, one of a Black man, murdered while in her white grandfather’s custody at a rural Mississippi jail. Both books shine light on a shadowed American history, one that deserves reconciliation with the truth.

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