WINDS, BLOW  by Ronald Ni


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As usual angle on the changing South, this of the first Award attention on that chiefly. This is the story of a the years the word, and of the they brought to through example rather than is raising the and of the stand-pat conservatives in South Carolina's cotton plantation region. The grinding pressure of economic slavery still operated against Negross and share-croppers; King Cotton kept crop rotation out of the picture; and when a family of Pennsylvania Quakers went against the orthodox viewpoint, they felt the sharp edge of social ostracism and the strong arm of modern KKK methods. The story is told by 11-year old David, who grows up during the period covered by the book; and against the background of change brought about by his staunch father's determined stand, one reads also of love and passion and the emotions of adolescence in the lives of the four children. The style is somewhat stilted perhaps because of the average reader's unfamiliarity of the ""plain language"" of the Friends. But the picture of the Quaker creed in operation today is new.

Publisher: Frederick