Narrator Grover Gardner portrays Pittsburgh reporter Ray Sprigle, who, having darkened his skin by sunburn, became a black man to tour the South in 1948, showing his readers black lives under Jim Crow laws in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Sprigle isn't remembered today, but his writing helped start a national discussion on race that continues today. Bill Steigerwald adds background on the era and the discussion. Gardner's narration is clear and crisp, keeping the focus on Sprigle's experience. Visits with sharecroppers, reports on shootings by police and streetcar operators in Atlanta, and everyday indignities draw listeners into Sprigle's fascinating, horrifying journey. Listeners may well share his relief when he leaves Mississippi and when he finally crosses the "Smith & Wesson line" into Ohio. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2017]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538431931 $34.95 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9781538431955 $22.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538431924 $100.00 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781538431948 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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