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By Paul Hemphill

ISBN-10: 0684856824

ISBN-13: 9780684856827

apart from a bloodbath of 5 hundred settlers by means of renegade Creek Indians within the early 1800s, now not a lot undesirable had occurred in the course of centuries in Little River, Alabama, an imprecise misplaced Colony within the swampy woodlands of To Kill a Mockingbird nation. "We're caught down right here being bad jointly" is how one local defined the hamlet of approximately 200 humans, part black and part white. yet in 1997, racial violence hit Little River like a thunderclap. a tender black guy was once killed whereas attempting to holiday right into a white family's trailer at evening, a cherished white shop proprietor used to be approximately bludgeoned to dying by way of a black ex-convict, and at last a marauding band of white teenagers torched a black church and vandalized one other in the course of a drunken wilding quickly after a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The Ballad of Little River is a story of that fateful 12 months, an anatomy of 1 of the numerous church arsons around the South within the overdue Nineteen Nineties. it's also even more -- a biography of a spot that appeared, at the cusp of the millennium, caught in yet again. while veteran journalist Paul Hemphill, the son of an Alabama truck motive force who has written largely at the blue-collar South, moved into Little River, he came across the turn aspect of what the natives wish to name "God's country": a dot at the map faraway from the mainstream of yank existence, a forlorn cluster of poverty and lack of awareness and dead-end jobs in the dead of night, snake-infested forests, an international that point forgot.

Living along the electorate of Little River, Hemphill came upon a stew of characters correct out of fiction -- "Peanut" Ferguson, "Doll" Boone, "Hoss" Mack, Joe Dees, Murray January, a Klansman named "Brother Phil," and his stripper spouse referred to as "Wild baby" -- swirling right into a maelstrom of unbearable warmth, malicious gossip, historic grudges, and unresolved racial animosities. His tale of ways their lives intertwined serves, besides, as a chilling cautionary story concerning the rate that has to be paid for dwelling in digital isolation in the course of a time of exceptional progress in the US. God's nation is in deep trouble.

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