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This book gives its readers a little bit of insight into the lives of African-Americans in the 1930's when racial tensions were at a high. It displays the true hardships that they had to go through on a daily basis. Written by an African-American, you can tell that he is trying to get his message across, depicting absurdly graphic scenes, language, and actions. This book is a definate "eye-opener" as it is shocking as to some of the obstacles the African-Americans had to overcome. It definately makes you feel empathy for the characters in the book. It tugs at your emotions and can even make you cringe with anger at points. Although quite lengthy and dull at points, the book is a true classic that withstands the test of time. Overall, a great read, recommended to all.