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The other side of the river : a story of two towns, a death, and America's dilemma

Author: Alex Kotlowitz
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2012]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Other Side of the River, Kotlowitz takes us to southern Michigan. Here, separated by the St. Joseph River, are two towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Geographically close, they are worlds apart, a living metaphor for America's racial divisions: St. Joseph is a prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Eric McGinnis; Eric McGinnis
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Kotlowitz
ISBN: 9780307814296 0307814297 1299040055 9781299040052
OCLC Number: 773611146
Description: 1 online resource (286 pages)
Contents: The body --
A prelude --
The cop --
Family --
And friends --
The shooting: a tale in four parts : The shooter --
The preacher --
The prosecutor --
The dentist --
A break in the case --
The elk --
The girlfriend --
The other girlfriend --
Another view --
Suspicions --
The aspiring sheriff --
Off the record --
The race card: a tale in three parts : The separatist --
The powers that be --
Fissures --
A connection --
The gangsta' --
The firecrackers, a girl named Teresa, and other assorted matters --
A theory --
The river --
The body --
Another theory --
The hanging: a tale in one part --
Family --
The cop --
Ripples-and whitecaps --
A final note.
Responsibility: Alex Kotlowitz.

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In The Other Side of the River, Kotlowitz takes us to southern Michigan. Here, separated by the St. Joseph River, are two towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Geographically close, they are worlds apart, a living metaphor for America's racial divisions: St. Joseph is a prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a black teenaged boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the two towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into the young man's death becomes, inevitably, a screen on which each town projects their resentments and fears. The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery--and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America. In this gripping and ultimately profound book, Alex Kotlowitz proves why he is one of this country's foremost writers on the ever explosive issue of race.

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