This was a difficult book to read. Not because of the writing, the writing was excellent. But because of the subject matter. I don't think I realized quite how bad things were in the south for our black brothers and sisters. I've read Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, and a few other things, but the sheer depravity with which white people treated black people wasn't quite so painfully described.
Everyone should read this book. It's only been a generation since the civil right's era, and if anyone really thinks racism can be obliterated in one generation, they're drinking a strange kool aid.