Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Google Custom Search

Tillage, Leon Walter.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
ISBN 0374443300
Click on the book to read Amazon reviews
There are shocking and sickening parts in this memoir by Leon Tillage.  He was born a black boy in North Carolina in 1936.  His parents, who couldn't read or write, were sharecroppers for Mr. Johnson.  This meant they had to share half of everything they grew  on Mr. Johnson's land with him.  As a boy, Mr. Tillage walked four miles back and forth to school.  The white kids rode on a bus.  The bus driver would stop the bus and the white kids would get off so they could throw rocks at the black kids.  This went on every day!  He talks about how blacks were forced to use the back door at stores and restaurants and use drinking fountains marked "For Colored Only. But the worst is his description of his father's murder.  (Amy Schaffner,, librarian)
SUBJECTS:     Tillage, Leon, 1936-
                        African Americans -- Biography.
                        North Carolina -- Race relations.
                        Civil rights movements -- History.

Main Page ** Author List ** Title List ** New This Month ** Interest Level ** Subject List ** FAQ's ** Contributors ** Booktalking Tips **Book Review Sources ** Reading lists ** Reading lists ** Awards **Nancy Keane's Children's Website **
Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License