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By W. Ralph Eubanks
A robust tale approximately race and identification instructed in the course of the lives of 1 American relatives throughout 3 generations
In 1914, in defiance of his middle-class landowning family members, a tender white guy named James Morgan Richardson married a light-skinned black girl named Edna Howell. Over greater than two decades of marriage, they shaped a powerful kinfolk and equipped a home on the finish of a winding sandy street in South Alabama, a spot the place their security from the antagonistic global round them used to be guaranteed, and the place they built a special racial and cultural identification. Jim and Edna Richardson have been Ralph Eubanks's grandparents.
Part own trip, half cultural biography, The condo on the finish of the Road examines a little-known piece of this country's previous: interracial households that survived and prevailed regardless of Jim Crow legislation, together with these prohibiting mixed-race marriage. As he did in his acclaimed 2003 memoir, Ever Is an extended Time, Eubanks makes use of interviews, oral background, and archival learn to inform a narrative approximately race in American existence that few readers have skilled. utilizing the Richardson relatives as a microcosm of yankee perspectives on race and identification, The condo on the finish of the Road examines why principles approximately racial id rooted within the eighteenth century persist at the present time. In lyrical, evocative prose, this awesome e-book pierces the center of problems with race and racial identification, leaving us finally hopeful in regards to the global as our kids may possibly see it.
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Extra info for The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Consequently, Edna made their home WITH EYE S O PE N AN D S H UT 49 a safe haven by her keen focus on domestic life. In turn, every day Jim Richardson openly fought the battles with men who sought to keep his family on the margins of society. He took them into his conﬁdence, earning the respect of some and the fear of many. To keep his family safe, he chose his battles carefully and wisely. And that was how the family, in spite of forces to the contrary, prevailed. C U LT U R A L OR R ACI A L IDE N TIT Y IS SH A PED BO T H BY THE vagaries of personal experience and circumstances.
The Richardsons’ written record tries to airbrush out some details, but now that so many family members are toward the end of their lives, it is not difﬁcult to uncover what J I M R I C HAR D S O N 31 some once wanted to keep concealed. On the other hand, Edna’s ancestors, former slaves and Native Americans, left behind few written records. It was through conversations with local people that I learned that Edna’s family was as much a part of Washington County’s early history as the Richardsons.
Even after hearing a few stories about Edna’s life, the ﬁ rst piece of information about her I found and that gave a sense of who she was beyond various oblique physical descriptions was engraved on her headstone. ” Stumbling across the grave, I wistfully read its inscription over and over, asking myself what this told me about the woman whose remains lay underneath my feet. Was this inscription a hollow platitude or was there an element of truth in these words etched in stone? Then I thought of the details my mother shared with me about the day Edna died, November 17, 1937.
The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South by W. Ralph Eubanks