Killers of the dream lillian smith on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a southern white writer educator and activist lillian smith 1897 1966 spoke out all her life against injustice in killers of the dream 1949. Killers of the dream has 332 ratings and 40 reviews jennifer said this book offers perhaps the most profound and yet concise explanation of the origins. In killers of the dream 1949 her most influential book she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful contradictory rules about sin sex and segregation the intricate system of taboos that undergirded southern society. Killers of the dream lillian eugenia smith snippet evil fantasies father fear feel felt fepc folks forget ghost girl guilt happened hard hate heart hodding carter human hurt jim crow keep killers knew leaders learned lessons little prince live look lynching mans memory mens moral mother mythic mind negro never nigger north ones . Upon its publication by w w norton in the fall of 1949 killers of the dream garnered widely varying reactions enthusiastic reviews appeared in the new york and boston press whose critics admired smiths hard hitting and insightful analysis as well as the sheer courage of a southerner in publishing so unsparing an indictment of her native region
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