A review of Patrick Phillips' 'Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America'

In February 1987, Oprah Winfrey took her popular television show to Forsyth, Georgia, a place most Americans had never heard of. She was there, she said, to “ask why Forsyth County has not allowed black people to live here in 75 years.”

Winfrey looked from face to face and asked, “What is it you are afraid black people are going to do?” A tall, bearded man in his mid-twenties stood up and said that more than anything he was afraid “of them coming to Forsyth.” “I lived down...

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