Down Along with That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy
Author: Connor Towne O'Neill | Hardcover
ESSENTIAL ANTIRACIST READING
"We can no longer see ourselves as minor spectators or weary watchers of history after finishing this astonishing work of nonfiction." --Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
In Down Along with That Devil's Bones, journalist Connor Towne O'Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts, O'Neill examines the legacy of white supremacy in America, in a sobering and fascinating work sure to resonate with readers of Tony Horwitz, Timothy B. Tyson, and Robin DiAngelo.
When O'Neill first moved to Alabama, as a white Northerner, he felt somewhat removed from the racism Confederate monuments represented. Then one day in Selma, he stumbled across a group of citizens protecting a monument to Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as "that devil." O'Neill sets off to visit other disputed memorials to Forrest across the South, talking with men and women who believe they are protecting their heritage, and those who have a different view of the man's poisonous history.
O'Neill's reporting and thoughtful, deeply personal analysis make it clear that white supremacy is not a regional affliction but is in fact coded into the DNA of the entire country. Down Along with That Devil's Bones presents an important and eye-opening account of how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville, and where, if we can truly understand and transcend our past, we could be headed next.
"A personal examination of one of the great divides in our country today . . . Essential reading for how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville--and where we might go next."
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"O'Neill's first book is a dazzling reminder that American racism is robust and virulent. He writes with a fluency of American culture that portends well for his books to come."
-- New York Journal of Books
"A well-researched history and a call for reformation in America."
"An eloquent and provocative examination of the links between protests over Confederate monuments in the South and the resurgence of white supremacy . . . O'Neill writes with grace and genuine curiosity . . . This inquiry into the legacy of American slavery is equally distressing and illuminating."
-- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: Algonquin Books | Pub Date: September 29, 2020 | Format: Hardcover | Pages: 272 | Dimensions:1.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.8" W | 0.8 lbs