Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street

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Random House
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6.39 X 9.49 X 1.64 inches | 2.15 pounds

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About the Author
Victor Luckerson is a journalist and author based in Tulsa who works to bring neglected black history to light. He is a former staff writer at The Ringer and business reporter for Time magazine. His writing and research have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired, and Smithsonian. He was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his reporting in Time on the 1923 Rosewood Massacre. He also manages an email newsletter about underexplored aspects of black history called Run It Back.
"Exceptional . . . Luckerson's thoroughly researched and empathetically written account--anchored in the complex experiences of the Greenwood residents themselves--gives voice to a powerful, exquisitely multifaceted community that refuses to be silenced."--The Washington Post

"Cinematic . . . Built from the Fire offers a case study of how present-day Greenwood, and dozens of other struggling Black communities, got here. Luckerson reserves his final chapters for green shoots of hope."--The Star Tribune

"The scope, the elegance, and the power of Luckerson's tale is simply breathtaking and empowering."--Carol Anderson, author of White Rage

"Built from the Fire demonstrates how wealth is stripped away from black families whether at the hands of lawless white citizens, law enforcement personnel, or elected officials. It is also the story of black hope and the belief in the possibility of a brighter tomorrow."--Dorothy A. Brown, author of The Whiteness of Wealth

"Built from the Fire is a deeply researched chronicle of Tulsa's extraordinary African American community through decades of triumph and tragedy, heartbreak and determination. In telling the story of the life and times of the remarkable Goodwin clan, Victor Luckerson has provided us with a true American family saga."--Scott Ellsworth, author of The Ground Breaking: The Tulsa Race Massacre and An American City's Search for Justice

"Victor Luckerson has produced a dynamic, and propulsive chronicle of that episode in American history. Given the tenor of our present times, this is truly a necessary book--and one that marks the exciting arrival of a new literary talent."--Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World

"By dissecting the way we've all internalized the racial and economic structures that guide city-making (and city-destruction), Luckerson offers us hope that we can build communities that support us all."--Peter Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City

"Built from the Fire is a sensitively rendered account of a family and community that persists."--Tiya Miles, National Book Award-winning author of All That She Carried

"This is a new addition to the canon of required readings on this nation's tortured racial history."--Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

"A vital book . . . [Victor Luckerson] brings his considerable journalistic sensibilities to this sweeping and intimate portrait of racial violence, empowerment, and social action."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Luckerson fills every page with humanity distilled from his prodigious research."--BookPage (starred review)