|Plot Summary of Confederacy of Silence|
|"In the fall of 1988 Handy Campbell, a black senior who played football only two seasons, was leading the Greenwood High (Mississippi) Bulldogs into the championship playoffs with a quarterback's throwing arm that man say is NFL material. Handy's great season was covered by Richard Rubin, a native New Yorker whose first job out of college was sports editor for the Greenwood paper. Rubin covers the games, is moved over to news reporting, and describes the curious ways of the Mississippi Delta region -- whose unfailingly good manners clashes jarringly with its lingering racism.
Six years later, Handy had not only failed to achieve great things in college and pro ball, but he had dropped out of several schools and is in jail for murder. Rubin returned to Mississippi to cover the trial and try to figure out what happened to this promising young player. This 2002 book is a fascinating and thought-provoking tale about life today in the deep South."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Confederacy of Silence|
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Political/social rights fight
- minorities fighting for rights
- criminal (killer)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- Deep South
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked white people
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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