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Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story | [Timothy B. Tyson]

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

The battle for civil rights was not won in the '60s, certainly not in many parts of the country. It never touched Oxford, North Carolina, where young Tim Tyson was growing up. In 1970, when a black man was killed in the town square by a Klansman and his sons, and an all-white jury acquitted the murderers, both blacks and whites were swept into a firestorm. Amid the violence and fear that enveloped the town, Tim's father attempted to bring the two sides together, only to be reviled as a traitor to both.
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The battle for civil rights was not won in the '60s, certainly not in many parts of the country. It never touched Oxford, North Carolina, where young Tim Tyson was growing up. In 1970, when a black man was killed in the town square by a Klansman and his sons, and an all-white jury acquitted the murderers, both blacks and whites were swept into a firestorm. Amid the violence and fear that enveloped the town, Tim's father attempted to bring the two sides together, only to be reviled as a traitor to both sides. Tim, now a professor of African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin, has written a memoir of that turbulent summer, and has gone back, 30 years later, to find a remnant of scorched justice.

©2004 Timothy B. Tyson; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a divison of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....Tyson's avoidance of stereotypes and simple answers brings a shameful recent era in our country's history to vivid life. This book deserves the largest possible audience." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Caleb Madison, WI, USA 03-22-05
    Caleb Madison, WI, USA 03-22-05
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    "This Is A Very Good Book"

    Listening to Tyson describe the North Carolina of the 1960s, I was reminded how much the world has changed in the last half century. Ku Klux Klan rallies, widespread white supremacism, corrupt judicial systems -- that culture of hate is almost unrecognizeable today. In addition to solid history and a gripping true crime narrative, the book includes thoughtful sections on nonviolence. Tyson shows that much of the nonviolence movement of the 1960s was a myth, and that violence and physical force were necessary to change our culture. This book is filled with big ideas and big questions, but it is written in a plain style that is easy to understand. It is smart without being difficult. Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert T. Banque 02-08-05 Member Since 2004
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    "First Person History"

    Dr. Tyson combines careful -- and compassionate -- research with personal experiences to display what it was like to live in Eastern North Carolina in the racial turbulent 1960s and 1970s. This is a very powerful book to hear in the intimacy of earphones.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 10-04-10
    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 10-04-10 Member Since 2010

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    "About the myths Americans tell themselves"

    Americans love their sanitized, After-School Special version of the civil rights movement, in which we've progressed inevitably from the bad old days of slavery to the modern day where racism is just the occasional gaffe that gets a news commentator fired or a few hicks wearing sheets way off in the boonies. Tim Tyson strips away this mythology in his story of a black man who was murdered in 1970 by a violent, mean-tempered white business owner, allegedly for flirting with his daughter-in-law. Six years after the Civil Rights Act, Oxford, North Carolina was still a segregated town where white supremacy ruled, unapologetically. But when the all-white jury acquitted Robert Teal even of any lesser charge like manslaughter, the town's African American population rose up in outrage, and Oxford's businesses burned.

    Decades later, Tyson, who was eleven years old at the time, and whose father was a liberal white desegregationist minister who was subsequently driven out of town, came back to interview everyone involved, including the murderer, Robert Teal. Blood Done Sign My Name is the result of that project, but it's also a look at how Americans have always lied to themselves about our country's race relations, and continue to do so to this day. Slave owners said, "Our slaves are like part of the family." In the 1990s, Tyson took a group of students to a Southern plantation that had been the site of a bloody slave uprising, and found it turned into an antebellum theme park with hardly any mention of slavery. The murder of Henry Marrow is really just a small part of this story.

    This book was what became Tyson's Master's thesis, and it's powerful and engaging and contains many truths that still bear repeating, over and over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-22-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Blood Done Sign My Name again? Why?

    Yes. This book was well-done, depicting the complex relationships between blacks and whites in the South, and taking away the sunshine and rainbows of nonviolent resistance in the Civil Rights era. It is also a family history... a very personal one. Mr. Tyson got many interviews with many people who affected his life, and that made it more personal than a true crime book or a political commentary, and more well-rounded than a family biography - though it is all three.


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    Laura Overland Park, KS, United States 03-15-12
    Laura Overland Park, KS, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "History we need to know"
    If you could sum up Blood Done Sign My Name in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening, humbling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Done Sign My Name?

    All of the personal recollections of racism were very moving.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The father - Vernon Tyson


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    Nadine Duluth, MN, USA 03-16-06
    Nadine Duluth, MN, USA 03-16-06
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    "Must Listen"

    This book is well read and a must read/listen for everyone in America.

    The story reveals great insight on the very recent history of American Civil Rights and the all too prominent American Amnesia.

    This book is very timely and well written. Easy to listen to in a car, and it will keep you awake on those long drives.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mica USA 08-19-08
    Mica USA 08-19-08
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    "A good SLEEPER"

    This book is very good at putting a person to sleep. If one has an insomniac problem then this would rid you of it immediately. After reading one page...not even...a half a page one falls asleep. It is a very hard book to get into and to tell the truth i could not get into it at all...and i usually can get into books very easily.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Norcross, GA, USA 08-27-07
    Jennifer Norcross, GA, USA 08-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Strange story"

    I would not recommend this audiobook. It is a really strange book. I thought that I was getting a story, but after listening for about an hour and it is only a hodge-podge of facts about the author's family. It is really difficult to follow and understand exactly how the book is progressing. I am not sure whether the book just starts really slow and eventually gets better or if it continues to drone on with the strange family history lessons. I finally had to stop the audio after about an hour to find something else to listen to.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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