More Race Nonsense

Reddick, L. D.
August 1956
New Republic;8/13/56, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p18
In this article, the author critically appraises the book "Goodbye to Uncle Tom," by J.C. Furnas. The title of this book, supposedly, refer to a sharp rejection of subordination on the part of the Negro, in a misleading way. But in fact, this book is a smoothly written treatment of some of the popular misconceptions about the Negro. The story gets off to a false start by the beating given the old dead bones of Harriet Beecher Stowe's book "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Despite a long-range show of fairness all around, Furnas roughs up Stowe quite a bit, criticizing her novel. Furnas himself describes his own work as one of "de-confusion." There are some good stretches in Furnas' book, but it is still not considered exploratory concerning the subject of race relations.


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