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By W. Ralph Eubanks

A robust tale approximately race and identification advised throughout the lives of 1 American kinfolk throughout 3 generations

In 1914, in defiance of his middle-class landowning relations, a tender white guy named James Morgan Richardson married a light-skinned black lady named Edna Howell. Over greater than 20 years of marriage, they shaped a robust kinfolk and equipped a home on the finish of a winding sandy highway in South Alabama, a spot the place their defense from the antagonistic international round them used to be guaranteed, and the place they constructed a distinct racial and cultural identification. Jim and Edna Richardson have been Ralph Eubanks's grandparents.

Part own trip, half cultural biography, The condominium on the finish of the Road examines a little-known piece of this country's earlier: interracial households that survived and prevailed regardless of Jim Crow legislation, together with these prohibiting mixed-race marriage. As he did in his acclaimed 2003 memoir, Ever Is a protracted Time, Eubanks makes use of interviews, oral historical past, and archival examine to inform a narrative approximately race in American existence that few readers have skilled. utilizing the Richardson relatives as a microcosm of yankee perspectives on race and identification, The residence on the finish of the Road examines why principles approximately racial identification rooted within the eighteenth century persist this present day. In lyrical, evocative prose, this notable booklet pierces the guts of problems with race and racial identification, leaving us finally hopeful concerning the global as our youngsters may well see it.

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To keep his family safe, he chose his battles carefully and wisely. And that was how the family, in spite of forces to the contrary, prevailed. C U LT U R A L OR R ACI A L IDE N TIT Y IS SH A PED BO T H BY THE vagaries of personal experience and circumstances. In every family, there is a constant battle between the influences of home and the larger community. As my conversations with local people reveal, Prestwick was a place that had a major influence on how you viewed the rest of the world, sometimes as much or more than home life.

Then he started seeing Edna Howell and became enchanted with her, later telling his mother that he was determined to marry her. Miss Virginia said, “He told his mother he was going to marry this black girl and he did. They raised a family. She died as a young woman, and he continued raising the family. Now this wasn’t some affair between a white man and a black woman like you read about in some novel. ” People I talked with characterized Edna as independent, stubborn, and spirited. “Shrewd,” the one word that I would use, never came up.

To keep his family safe, he chose his battles carefully and wisely. And that was how the family, in spite of forces to the contrary, prevailed. C U LT U R A L OR R ACI A L IDE N TIT Y IS SH A PED BO T H BY THE vagaries of personal experience and circumstances. In every family, there is a constant battle between the influences of home and the larger community. As my conversations with local people reveal, Prestwick was a place that had a major influence on how you viewed the rest of the world, sometimes as much or more than home life.

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