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Lillian Smith: A Southerner Confronting the South: A Biography` by Anne C. Loveland

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September 28 , 2006 Amidst the period backdrop of social injustice and discrimination , Anne Loveland has gracefully endorsed a biography in Lillian Smith : A Southerner Confronting the South published and printed by the Louisiana State University in 1986 . Loveland ‘s mastery in placing Smith ‘s life endorsed a serious volume of biographical material that openly fought against racism , segregation and the roles of women in Southern society Further , Loveland ‘s entire account of Smith ‘s life speaks of a veiled lament against the [banner_entry_middle]

lost art of letter-writing that has seemingly lost its appeal in favor of the modern elements of communication Lillian Eugenia Smith was born on December 12 , 1897 in Jasper , Florida As the 7th of 9 children to Calvin Warren Smith and Anne Simpson Smith Lillian dedicated her life to music and writing . She belonged to a prominent white family , Smith recalled being erroneously taught that a terrifying disaster would befall the south if I ever treated a Negro as my social equal (Loveland , p7 . Oftentimes she felt baffled by the dichotomies of the southern way of life (Loveland ,

. 7 ) that must have positively preached Christian brotherhood only to shun others due to their skin color . Lillian ‘s experiences during her teenage years must have left poignant memories that inspired views against discrimination when her family moved to Georgia when she was 15 . The American mentality had always divisively considered the home as the first school for learning the Southern values . With a strong desire to serve her country she volunteered for the nursing corps . Her exposure to other cultures provided her a deep sense of responsibility after her work assignment as head of the music department in of the Virginia School in Huchow Chekiang Province , China . It was at this time when she developed a passion for writing that spoke of human rights advocacy and equality Her book , Strange Fruit created a stir during the WWII which dramatized a love affair between a white boy , Tracy Dean and a black girl , Nonnie Anderson . Sentiments that evoked discriminative practices in the Southern part of the United States reflected Smith ‘s views against the narrow-mindedness of most people . Loveland provided that Lillian ‘s views of the south had also evolved to a point where she was distinctly at odds with most of the whites in the region (Loveland ,

.37 . Strange Fruit was published in 1944 which was praised by a few as firmly and convincingly written , with great strength and feeling and power (The Saturday Review of Literature Mar 11 1944 . Later this novel was banned in Detroit and Boston , after Catholic World chastised Smith for appealing to a vulgar multitude , and declared the book unfit for general circulation (Catholic World May 1944 .A few months later , the book came out as a number-one fiction bestseller that professed of a candid novel about interracial love , romance and race in the conservative period of the 1920 ‘s . Considered inappropriate by a social system… [banner_entry_footer]

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