Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America

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Leave now, or die! From the heart of the Midwest to the Deep South, from the mountains of North Carolina to the Texas frontier, words like these have echoed through more than a century of American history. The call heralded not a tornado or a hurricane, but a very unnatural disaster--a manmade wave of racial cleansing that purged black populations from counties across the nation. We have long known about horrific episodes of lynching in the South, but the story of widespread racial cleansingabove and below the Mason-Dixon line--has remained almost entirely unknown. Time after time, in the period between Reconstruction and the 1920s, whites banded together to drive out the blacks in their midst. They burned and killed indiscriminately and drove thousands from their homes, sweeping entire counties clear of blacks to make them racially "pure." The expulsions were swift-in many cases, it took no more than twenty-four hours to eliminate an entire African-American population. Shockingly, these areas remain virtually all-white to this day. Based on nearly a decade of painstaking research in archives and census records, Buried in the Bitter Waters provides irrefutable evidence that racial cleansing occurred again and again on American soil, and fundamentally reshaped the geography of race. In this groundbreaking book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot Jaspin has rewritten American history as we know it.

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Elliot Jaspin is a reporter for Cox Newspapers, where he specializes in computer-assisted reporting. He won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1979, and in 1993 he was awarded the Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award by the National Press Foundation. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Cox Newspapers' Elliot Jaspin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and narrator Don Leslie form the perfect news team. Leslie authoritatively voices Jaspin's courageous reporting of America's hidden racial cleansings. He takes the listener through an examination of largely unreported incidents in which blacks were driven from communities in the post-Civil War period. Jaspin documents such cleansings, including the well-known Forsyth County, Georgia, event, well into the twentieth century, in both the North and the South. As Leslie describes the spread of fear and terror, the listener can well imagine the horror. Most telling is Jaspin's evidence that these events and the cover-ups surrounding them continue to impact the nation today. J.J.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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