Killers of the dream published in 1949 to wide controversy became the source of much of our thinking about race relations and a catalyst for the civil rights movement a closeted lesbian smith had a lifelong relationship with paula snelling. Killers of the dream published in 1949 frequently shows its age its basic ideas however may still resonate with readers whose viewpoints lean toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. In killers of the dream 1949 her most influential book she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful contradictory rules about sin sex and segregation the intricate system of taboos that undergirded southern society. Published to wide controversy it became the source acknowledged or unacknowledged of much of our thinking about race relations and was for many a catalyst for the civil rights movement it remains the most courageous insightful and eloquent critique of the pre 1960s south i began to see racism and its rituals of segregation as a symptom of a grave illness smith wrote. Killers of the dream by smith lillian and a great selection of related books art and collectibles available now at abebookscom
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