The Bone and Sinew of the Land, America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers & The Struggle For Equality by Anna-Lisa Cox; 2018; $28.00; 280 pages; Public Affairs, New York, NY; 978-1-61039-810-7; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 10/26/18-11/2/18
Why did I read this? I read a good review of it somewhere.
In the early 1800’s many people of African descent moved to the Northwest Territories (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois) and started farms. At the time they had equal rights with the white settlers and the African men even had the right to vote. However over the years the whites began to roll back the rights of these people by imposing bonds on the people, taking away the right to vote and imposing segregation. The book goes beyond the farmers and sets the context of what was going on around them. Much of the attitudes are being seen again today. Many of the actions of the people of that day are reflected in the actions of people today.
What is with the title of the review? I learned a bunch of stuff by reading this. Stuff I didn’t know. Now I know.