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Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips

Postby William Thornton » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:43 pm

Got the book about the Forsyth Co., Ga, race expulsion, lynchings of 1912. I had heard the story and it was well known around here that no African Americans were in that county. Deplorable tale.

I found myself wishing that the author spent more effort pursuing descendants of the major players. It was interesting to read how an adjacent county avoided the same race expulsion - prominent white citizens stood up to the lynchers, cases were made and folks convicted.

No KKK was involved in the lynchings, just hate filled white folks. The KKK revival was still a few years off. My grandfather was invited to join but declined.

I actually read the book, Stephen, didn't just read a review and drop names.
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby Dave Roberts » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:47 pm

I'm certain that this was an interesting read. It sounds like part of the struggle of so many places in our country.
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby Rvaughn » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:43 pm

William Thornton wrote:...an adjacent county avoided the same race expulsion - prominent white citizens stood up to the lynchers, cases were made and folks convicted.
Which county?
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby William Thornton » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:03 pm

Forsyth
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby Rvaughn » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:50 pm

Now I'm confused. I thought the lynchings were in Forsyth County? I'm wondering which adjacent county stood up against the lynchers?

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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby KeithE » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:12 pm

And what is the name of the book you read William?
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby William Thornton » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:02 pm

Rvaughn wrote:Now I'm confused. I thought the lynchings were in Forsyth County? I'm wondering which adjacent county stood up against the lynchers?

Thanks.


Hall co.
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby William Thornton » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:04 pm

KeithE wrote:And what is the name of the book you read William?


It's the topic title, sorry.
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Fox beat Thornton by almost a year

Postby Stephen Fox » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:30 am

On the read of this book.

Not only have I read the book twice and got the DeKalb County Library to get a copy, Ive talked to the author on the phone a couple times and in person when he came to Berry College back in January. He has a great book of poetry as well, several of them and read from them in the Berry Chapel.

http://foxofbama.blogspot.com/2016/10/f ... spare.html

Ive read the book twice. William should respect first reads and recommendations here. He talks as if he were the first to discover the book.

Thornton review failed to mention the paltry summations of the Gov Joe Frank Harris, good Baptist whose membership was in Buckhead, in the late 80s after Oprah came to Cumming. Even then the best in the state were in denial......And would be interesting to find out if Clemson QB Deshaun Watson family in Hall were in any way the begats of the Forsyth diaspora.

I am glad he is reading. Phillips was grand in his presentation at First Prez in Rome Ga for a community event after his late afternoon presentation at Berry.

There was some conversation as I have reported on this board, talk Phillips may come to Browns Bridge Church in Forsyth County but I haven't heard anything lately. It's an Andy Stanley satellite congregation, Andy the son of Charles.

Great book, glad Thornton read...... My Nephew's choir sings today at the mission in Chicago where Billy Sunday found Salvation. Thought Billy Tee would like this little piece of Trivia with reverberations for Winder and Barrow County.
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Re: Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips

Postby William Thornton » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:52 am

Just wanted to stir you up a bit
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Myabe we can have lunch this summer

Postby Stephen Fox » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:30 pm

If I get another trip to Upstate SC but you may have to meet me in Lavonia. My route doesn't include much of I 85 in the 95 Avalon. Good hot dog stand there maybe we can get as a go order and take to the Dairy King at that exit.

Do look for Phillips poetry, especially the most recent collection. Exquisite, and if I could just get you to read Robinson's Essays, that would enhance the substance of our conversation tremendously.....I have an Episcopalian friend in Athens area whose father was tight with Carlyle Marney. That could be interesting chat as well, something to consider.
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Re: Blood at the Root

Postby Rvaughn » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:13 pm

William Thornton wrote:Hall co.
Thanks. I've not heard of it, but looked at the NYTimes reviews. Was interesting to read that Patrick Phillips grew up in Forsyth County.
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