A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith by Anna-Lisa CoxA Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith by Anna-Lisa Cox

A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith

byAnna-Lisa Cox

Paperback | September 6, 2007

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In the heartland of the United States 150 years ago, where racism and hatred were common, a community decided there could be a different America. Here schools and churches were completely integrated, blacks and whites intermarried, and power and wealth were shared by both races. But for this to happen, the town’s citizens had to keep secrets, break the laws of the world outside, and sweep aside fear and embrace hope.
In a historical-detective feat, Anna-Lisa Cox uncovers the heartening story of this community that took the road untaken. Beginning in the 1860s, the people of Covert, Michigan, attempted to do what then seemed impossible: love one’s neighbor—regardless of skin color—as oneself. Drawing on diaries, oral histories, and contemporary records, Cox gives us intimate glimpses of Covert’s people, from William Conner, the Civil War veteran who went on to become Michigan's first black justice of the peace, to Elizabeth Gillard, who, shipwrecked and washed onto Covert's shores, ultimately came to love the unusual community she would call home. In bringing these and other stories of this small town to light, Cox presents a vision of what our nation might have been, and could be.
Anna-Lisa Cox is the recipient of numerous awards for her research, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars Award, a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, and a Pew Younger Scholars Fellowship.
Title:A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and FaithFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 6, 2007Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803260180

ISBN - 13:9780803260184

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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters
Deerfield map
Colored population map
1: The Bleeding Heartland
2: The Journey: 1860-1866
3: Rights: 1866-1869
4: Citizenship: 1870-1875
5: Equality: 1875-1880
6: Independence: 1880-1884
7: Friendship: 1885-1889
8: Justice: 1890-1896

Editorial Reviews

“Cox emphasizes that a widespread problem is not always an inevitable problem. . . . The author’s analysis of statistics and written records and the way she uses them to illustrate race relations in Covert, Michigan, contribute greatly to this book’s high quality.”—Michigan Historical Review
- Michigan Historical Review - 20080609