SWING LOW by Edwin A. Peoples


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A gripping first novel of prejudice and injustice in the story of Willy Mack, country Negro, whose new wife, Amy, forces him to live in Atlanta, where he has to combat her desire to sell liquor. In spite of Willy's good boss, Mr. Jim, who makes him proud of his work, ambitious for his future. Willy Mack gets into trouble, -- first with Hadley, drunken mechanic and Negro-baiter, whose colored mistress two times him rousing further passions. Senseless murder, assault, privations, underprivilege, the whole tragic cycle -- and Willy Mack's luck runs out until he finally persuades Amy to return with him to the country, leaving the mess behind...Bar sinister this for Public Libraries, but for those who can take it, a steam riv job of the terrific problems involved in giving the Southern Negro a hearing in a white man's world. A holding tale.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1945
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin