The Big Boxcar

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - Political Science - 178 pages
"Five men and a woman, all African Americans, huddle in the rattling darkness of a boxcar headed north, away from a brutal South, seeking freedom and opportunity. They are joined by a white intruder whose own quest puts them all in great danger. Like Chaucer's pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, each of these travelers has a story to tell, and these stories-of humor and humiliation, of prostitution and pride, of love and murder-unfold in the course of the journey. They reveal the lives and secrets of the tellers and give this transient community self-respect and solidarity as it hurtles toward arrest or worse. The Big Boxcar, written from a totally black perspective by a white author, bears witness to the structural racism of a social order that sets ordinary people of different colors against each other to the disadvantage of all. Alan Wald's introduction documents Maund's life of activism and his uncompromising commitment to social emancipation. "

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This may shock a lot of folks but I stand by this and I stand by this strongly. This is my favorite book.....ever
Let me the beginning not only is your brain reading & comprehending
& creating imagery & putting faces to charcters but it will have to learn a different version of English in a way. The book is post Cold War in the south, bottom of Alabama to be specific & the main characters aren’t the highest educated so their slang & poor grammar is evident when they speak. It aggravated me at first not being able to read it in their draw but come page 45ish it came and it was magnificent!
Each charter shares personal stories, mainly hardships & unbearable experiences no human should ever have to go through.
It’s a fun book, the charcters are hilarious too, their bond is also special
The end will make you scream, run, hide, throw your book across the room, smile, laugh and then sigh & think about how truly ******* amazing was that roller coaster.
Please read this book. Please respond with your opinions. I put this over the Alchemist and I’m standing by that. THATS HOW GOOD IT WAS (FOR ME)

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A Southern Rebel in Cold War America Alan Wald
GoodRocking Poppas Story
Shortys Story
TeacherMans Story
The Womans Story
The Spooks Story
Jonahs Story
Sams Story
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