Book Review: What it Was Like…Short Stories of childhood memories of. Segregation in America


What It Was Like…short stories of childhood memories of segregation in America

by Lois Watkins

First Edition Design Publishing

Biographies & MemoirsMiddle Grade

Pub Date 23 Feb 2016

I was given a copy of What It Was Like through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

1940’s America was different than it was today and one of the biggest differences especially in the south was Segegration.  In the black neighborhoods the center of the community centered around the beauty shops and the churches. 

In the south in the 1940’s there was no such thing as “part black”  if you had even a little bit of African American in you you were considered “Black”. 

Another very real danger African Americans in the south faced in the south in the 1940’s were Lynching by the K.K.K. 

Buses in the south were segregated and there were cabs that served the Black Communities. 

Even the Media of the 1940’s and fifties were very much segegrated.  When going to the movies African Americans would have to sit in segegrated sections of the theaters and blacks were rarely seen on the screen and if they were portrayed it was generally in a negative light.

There were Colored magazines such as Jet, Ebony, Sepia and Bronze Thrills. 

Schools to were Segregated and the children’s parents were expected to provide the necessary supplies for the school year. 

Restraints too were Segegrated and if a Colored person wanted to order food from a white restraint they would have to knock on the back door and give a waiter the order to go eating inside the establishment if you were colored was not allowed.

This book is great for Middle Grade readers.

I give this book five out of five stars

Happy Reading


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