Down Along with That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

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Product Details

Price
$26.95  $24.79
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
September 29, 2020
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616209100

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About the Author

Connor Towne O'Neill's writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies, which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.

Reviews

"The truth is that we Southerners have always needed dedicated, self-reflective young folks from the North guided by genius and radical love to help us exorcise the worst parts of our region. Connor Towne O'Neill walks in that radical love tradition in Down Along with That Devil's Bones, but he does something more here. He decimates the argument for our need of Confederate statues while chronicling what their existence grants him bodily and morally."
--Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

"An eloquent and provocative examination of the links between protests over Confederate monuments in the South and the resurgence of white supremacy . . . O'Neill writes with grace and genuine curiosity, allowing people on all sides of the issue to speak for themselves. This inquiry into the legacy of American slavery is equally distressing and illuminating."
--Publishers Weekly

"In examining the battles over monuments to Nathan Bedford Forrest, Connor O'Neill deepens his own understanding of the denial, the hatred, the horror, that still infests white people in this country, who do not want to lose their magical image of themselves as the noble race who tamed a continent and lifted up savages out of their barbarity. Unable to face the full horror of what we did in these centuries of brutality against other races, we hide in the idea of the lost cause, the idealization of what we call a way of life, and idolize figures like Forrest, a man who made his fortune in the sale of human beings, and who carved himself into history through his wholehearted embrace of the southern war effort that, by his own words, had the glorification of slavery as its purpose. It is a vital piece of the puzzle, this history, reported in clarity and rich in insight. Would that clarity and insight could lift this curse from our nation at last."
--Jim Grimsley, author of How I Shed My Skin