Tell Me a Tale: A Novel of the Old South

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Journeying back to the racist community of his childhood after Emancipation, a young ex-slave confronts four men with the harrowing realities of slavery and transforms their lives with his story. Reprint. K. PW.

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Born on May 20, 1930 in Rennert, North Carolina, McEachin spent his early years in Hackensack, New Jersey where he joined the Army and served in Korea earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Following his military service McEachin spent time as a firefighter and policeman in New Jersey before moving to California where he would dabble in the music industry with the likes of Otis Redding and The Fury’s before landing his first acting job and becoming an accomplished actor, and later in his career, an award-winning writer. McEachin currently resides in Southern California and spends his time touring the country while performing his one-man play Above the Call; Beyond the Duty. The play opened in 2008 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. January 20, 2012 brings McEachin to the Junction City Opera House before an audience of active duty troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and based in Ft. Riley, Kansas at the behest of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Homecoming 2012 welcoming home the 1st and 2nd Brigades. His most repeated line sums up his mission: “No Veterans, no Democracy. No Democracy, No America"

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Years after the Civil War, Moses, a 17-year-old former slave, journeys back to the isolated North Carolina town where he had been born to arrogant white plantation owner Archie McBride and his young slave mistress. Posing as a pro-slavery journalist, Moses enters a general store where he buttonholes four old codgers who pine for "the good old days of servitude." Though these unreconstructed racists don't recognize their visitor, they once had committed arson and murder that had shattered the young man's childhood. As Moses indirectly confronts them with tales of the buried past (tales in which he is the unnamed protagonist), a powerful drama of one man's search for identity, justice and vengeance unfolds. Moses's narrative, shot through with Faulkneresque overtones, tells how he was raised by ex-slave "Uncle" Ben, a loyal laborer on Archie's estate; how, though an illegitimate, mixed-race child, he inherited the entire property, thanks to the machinations of Archie's vengeful wife; and how his dream went up in flames, making him an orphan. The subtext of McEachin's stunning first novel is the moral rot of slavery, its harmful effects on both white and black and its lingering legacy in deep-rooted prejudice. (Feb.) ~ FYI: McEachin, a veteran film actor (True Grit), was among the first African American actors to be the sole lead in a dramatic series (Tenafly).
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