Harper Academic

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

by Kristen Green

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $15.99

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

by Kristen Green

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Format:

Price: $15.99

About the Book

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate and closed its public schools. The community’s white leaders quickly established the private Prince Edward Academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use for their all-white classrooms, while black parents scrambled to find alternative education for their children for five years.

Kristen Green attended Prince Edward Academy without knowledge of its shameful past. As she peels back the layers of this haunting period, her own family’s role—no less complex and painful—comes to light, producing a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today, and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.

Freshman Common Read: Mary Washington University, Elon University

Critical Praise

“Both intimate and ambitious, this is a far-reaching account of the political and social history of segregation and desegregation in Virginia that also reveals the very real human costs of this history. Moving and clear-eyed, damning and hopeful: this is an essential read.” - Jesmyn Ward, author of Men We Reaped

“In an intimate memoir, a journalist explores 1950s school segregation in a small Virginia town, its effects on the children there, and her family’s own connection to the racial divide.” - Entertainment Weekly

“An engaging and well-written book on the impact of school closures, told from a unique biographical perspective. Green delivers a deeply moving portrayal of one of the very sad histories in American race relations. Difficult to put down and a must-read.” - William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

“The story of integrating American public schools has gotten drowned out by that of the Civil Rights movement. Return with Kristen Green to her hometown in Virginia to find out how people she loved and admired could have supported such injustice against children. You’ll be wiser if you do.” - Charles J. Shields, author of Mockingbird: A Life of Harper Lee

“Mystery wrapped in history with a touch of suspense and personal horror: Kristen Green’s stunner of a book is a ride back into a past you’ll wish had never happened. This is historical sleuthing at its finest.” - Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run

“Powerful. . . . The author movingly chronicles her discovery of the truth about her background and her efforts to promote reconciliation and atonement. A potent introduction to a nearly forgotten part of the civil rights movement and a personalized reminder of what it was truly about.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Absorbing. . . . A merger of history both lived and studied, Green’s book looks beyond the publicized exploits of community leaders to reveal the everyday people who took great risks and often suffered significant loss during the struggle against change in one ‘quaint, damaged community.’” - Publishers Weekly

“Green’s work brims with real-life detail from the journalist’s eye and ear and joins the likes of Diane McWhorter’s Carry Me Home in further developing the dimensions of the South’s desegregation struggle.” - Library Journal

“Kristen Green was born to write this book…..[She] deftly interweaves the personal and the historical into a compelling narrative that leaves no stone unturned….[N]ot only fascinating but cinematic…[A]n award-worthy book.” - Booklist (Top Pick)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062268686
  • ISBN 10: 0062268686
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/26/2016
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.829 in (d)
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: $15.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs