The Silence of Our Friends

The Silence of Our Friends

Book - 2012
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This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1968 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston's color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596436183
1596436182
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Lo
Characteristics: 198 pages, 1 unnumbered page : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Powell, Nate
Demonakos, Jim 1977-

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AnotherDay
Dec 04, 2013

I found the book interesting for the well-told story and also for the beautiful black and white drawings. I picked the book because I'm interested in stories about civil rights struggles in the 1960s, and it might be a good starting point for anyone who has yet to learn about it. Thanks to the staff at the Main library for putting it on display, that is how I found it!

mondaysomeday Sep 24, 2013

This story is primarily about a white family, and has really enlightening details into events in Houston during the Civil Rights Movement. Yet the author said in an interview that his one regret was that he had "not been able to find Larry [an African American leader] or his children." I wasn't surprised to read that after I finished the book: their perspective is lacking and their lives obviously quite fictionalized.

red_alligator_2472 Jul 04, 2013

I LOVE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE WAY THE WHITES AND THE BLACKS WERE FRIENDS AND THEN THEY BACAME ENEMYS AND CAME BACK TO FRIENDS TO SHOW A WAY OF CHANGE

sit_walk Feb 25, 2013

While I appreciate what wfbranch says below, this is still an engaging and enlightening read. It's always good to be reminded of the civil rights struggle, not so long ago, and its implications for present day North American society.

wfbranch Aug 18, 2012

As a white person, I question the honesty in the author's portayal of a white character as having been somewhat heroic, but I do know that there were at least some whites who indeed did the right thing during the Civil Rights movement. I know that the artist has also written some of his own books and intend to find some of them.

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red_eagle_336 Jul 09, 2012

red_eagle_336 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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