Buried in the Bitter WatersPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot Jaspin draws on a decade of research of the horrific practices of small towns across America that resulted in the expulsion of black residents, the equivalent of racial cleansing. Drawing on archives and census data, Jaspin documents demographic changes from Reconstruction forward that show severe drops in black populations and the creation of towns that have remained all white.

Robin Parker, the executive director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, is mentioned in the final chapter of the book, which talks about racial reconciliation. The Center has held a workshop that discussed how the wrenching lessons from Buried in the Bitter Waters can illuminate a path to improving current race relations. To read a review from HubPages, click here.

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