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.
White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo, foreword by Michael Eric Dyson; 2018; $15.99; 168 pages; Beacon Press, Boston, MA; 978-0807474-15; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 10/19/18-10/24/18
Why did I read this? Because race relations are at an all time low in this country and we need to talk about them. I sometimes have a hard talking about race from my place of white male privilege and want to continue learning and making things better.
White people many times think of themselves as individuals instead of as members of a large group of people (with an oversize power) and therefore considers themselves innocent of racism. Also we have set up a system where as people who are committing acts of racism are bad people and those who do not commit bad acts are good. Many of those who don’t commit blatant acts or verbalize their racism are often just as guilty. We as whites have gone along with a system that continually is prejudiced against people of color. I am not saying this well but I think that needs to read this and see how they have been complicit in the racism that exist in this country.
What is with the title of the review? I think this is one of the most important books that I have ever read and I believe that all white people should read it.
The Radium Girls, The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore; 2017; $26.99; 479 pages; Sourcebooks, Naperville, IL; 978-1-4926-4935-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 10/10/18-10/14/18
Why did I read this? This is the Corner Reading Society’s November selection.
In the early 1900’s and into World War I luminous dials were popular on watches and in airplane instruments. The luminosity came from paint with radium in it. The young women, some as young as 14 were instructed to point their paint brushes by putting the brushes in their mouths. Many of the women’s teeth began to fall out and their jaws also began to fall out, many of them also developed sarcoma’s in different areas of their bodies. The companies they worked for knew of the dangers involved but never informed the women. They also denied it when reports began to be made public. It took several lawsuits for the companies to accept responsibility and be held financially responsible for the medical bills. Many of the women did not make it out of their twenties before they died. Their demise and the companies corruption begat OHSA.
10/10, the strength of this book is that the author concentrated on the human aspect of the story. She vividly brought to life the young women, their families and the despicable businessmen who refused to acknowledge their culpability.
What is with the title of the review? One of the things that came out of what happened to The Radium Girls was the formation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson; 2018; $28.00; 292 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-525-52247-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 10/8/18-10/10/18
Why did I read this? Because I have been reading this series from both ends, the beginning and the newest. And this is the very newest in the series.
Longmire is on his own as he goes into Mexico to retrieve his daughter Cady from a despicable narcolord who has kidnapped her. He and his men upset Longmire’s small town in Wyoming and caused grievous injury to his family. Longmire has assembled a rag tag team to assist in his rescue attempt. Craig Johnson incorporates the indigenous population and their culture into the story. Everything you would expect in a Longmire story.
What is with the title of the review? I have read several of the books at the beginning of the series and the newest two books. There are evidently somethings I have missed in the interim.
Vox by Christina Dalcher; 2018;$26.00; 326 pages; Berkley, New York, NY; 978-0-440-00078-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 10/3/18-10/8/18
Why did I read this? Because I read a good review of it, somewhere.
Women have been entirely removed from the work force, they are restricted to one hundred words a day. Their words are counted by an electronic monitoring bracelet that acts as a shock collar if they surpass their mandated limit. Young girls are taught that the letters of the alphabet are bad and aren’t taught to read. Only the males in a household are allowed to read, books are locked up. Those who are homosexual are either force to marry someone of the opposite or go to a work camp where they are housed in a cell with someone of the opposite sex. Women who commit adultery are forced to become sex workers for the powerful.
All of this is done by order of the patriarchy in the U.S. Government at the behest of an “evangelical” pastor who has the ear and the mind of the president. Those who protest are jailed or killed. The president’s brother suffers a head injury which causes him to suffer aphasia , a problem of speaking and understanding speech. The leading scientist researching this syndrome are women who are offered all kinds of incentives to come to work on the problem and help the president’s brother. They discover that they are a part of a program that would also create a way to cause aphasia in women and those who oppose the government. Their team manages to make a serum that will cause aphasia and manage to get it into the water supply of the president and his cabinet.
9/10, I didn’t like the ending. The whole story was about the main character, a woman, but in the end a man had to step in and save her and become a martyr.
What is with the title of the review? After the Supreme Court confirmation hearing and the #Metoo movement it seems that the patriarchal government is trying to mute the voices of women.