Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.3 X 9.2 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Patrick Phillips is an award-winning poet, translator, and professor. A Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, his poetry collection, Elegy for a Broken Machine, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Stanford University.


Phillips' book feels timely, unapologetically discussing the way fear, panic, ignorance, and timing may have kept Forsyth County trapped in the past.--William Lee (09/21/2016)
[M]eticulously and elegantly reveals the power of white distort and destroy, not only lives and accomplishments, but historical memory, the law, and basic human civility.--Carol Anderson (06/02/2016)
[H]umanizes its subjects and brims with detail....[G]raphic, unflinching, important.--Jennifer Senior (09/15/2016)
Deeply researched and crisply written, "Blood at the Root'' is an impressive and timely case study of the racial violence and historical amnesia that characterize much of American history. a gifted storyteller.-- (09/23/2016)
The burden of southern history lies not in what we know about the past but what we do not know. Patrick Phillips uncovers an important untold piece of history... What he reveals in this important book does not make this chilling piece of the past any easier to bear, but he brings it into sharper focus, which is long overdue.-- (06/08/2016)
Phillips brings a journalist's crisp perspective to this precise and disquieting account of a reprehensible and underreported chapter in America's racial history.-- (06/08/2016)