Brotherhood Epub Ò Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Brotherhood
  • A.B. Westrick
  • English
  • 07 September 2015
  • 9780670014392

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BrotherhoodBrotherhood by AB Westrick is a powerful lesson in situational ethics how our upbringing world events and personal ties shape us and how we struggle to distinguish right from wrong in our own minds and hearts Brotherhood is about a young boy coming of age uestioning his conscience wondering who to trust; it’s about family country history race prejudice injustice and so much I found myself immediately hooked on the story of the young Shadrach Weaver trying desperately to balance his need for approval with his search for acceptance in a post Civil War era simmering in hatred and violence Shad’s explosive relationship with his dominant older brother in his fatherless household and his blossoming relationship with a well educated freed slave named Rachel challenges him to see race women himself and the world in a new way There is so much to love about this book—and the end left me with many unanswered uestions in a story I’d love to see continued This story should be read by young teenagers Reconstruction is a period of history often glossed over in history classes but this book will make students think Aside from the historical lessons it provides It also deals with societal pressure to conform without uestioning and shows how teens sometime find themselves in situations they never intended to be in Wonderful thought provoking story on multiple levels The year is 1867 the South has been defeated and the American Civil War is over But the conflict goes on Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond Virginia and its citizens both black and white are struggling to redefine their roles and relationships By day fourteen year old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons with Rachel a freed slave at her school for African American children By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a group whose stated mission is to protect Confederate widows like their mother But as the true murderous intentions of the brotherhood— now known as the Ku Klux Klan— are revealed Shad finds himself trapped between old loyalties and what he knows is right A powerful and unflinching story of a family caught in the enormous social and political upheaval of the period of Reconstruction “The Civil War has ended but the conflict isn’t over” Outstanding treatment of a sensitive and controversial topic the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Reconstruction South specifically Richmond VA Appropriately the protagonist is a white teen boy caught in conflicting currents of loyalties commitments and aspirations The reader is swept along with his ambivalence and occasional stupidity as he treads this murky maze“Those who survive in Richmond reinvent themselves as circumstances dictate”Best map U S Army Corps of Engineers Map of Richmond 1867 in any book ever including famous fantasy trilogies Magnifying glass worthy detail Yes maps are a big deal to me “Of course he’d have asked but while the girls were standing in front of him he’d been too flustered to think”Excellent use of inner voice and vocabulary to establish both the age and view point of the protagonist Shad That he has dyslexia is revealed without using the modern term“If the world had ended at that very moment with Shad singing “Glory hallelujah” in a shed full of coloreds he’d have gone to his maker with a smile on his face”There were southern whites rich and poor who opposed slavery Likewise Reconstruction hardened many whites prejudice against blacks Westrick plumbs both Even better she explores the inner struggle of a young man who was torn between beliefs“Sure as his measuring strip was long that lady was laughing on the inside but she was doing a fine job of not showing it”uibbles For a book apparently aimed at young adult readers its convoluted timelines will confuse many readers Numerous errors and anachronisms knock the reader out of the story such as metal railroad ties metal buckets owned by the poor wire mesh cotton growing in nineteenth century Virginia the term “political prisoners” Westrick avoids certain emotionally charged words but blithely uses others“His running with the Klan that was the other Shad The Shad who was learning to stand up to his brother make his mother proud protect widows grow up be a man That Shad wasn’t this one the Tailoring Teacher and struggling student No they’re not the same at all and he’d do everything he could to keep them apart” Shad’s conviction and conversion is too easy but it would reuire a work of Dickensian complexity to pursue it realistically What Westrick delivers suffices“How could he lie But how could he not”In her Author’s Note Westrick explores why such sentiments linger She uotes “The North kept kicking us even though we were already down The United States treated Japan and Germany after World War II better than the North treated the South after the War Between the States”Extra credit because this is her first novel“But what Jeremiah said and what he did well Shad knew those two didn’t always line up” this book surprised me “The Klan was a good thingthe brotherhood the chickensMen supporting on anotherthey were part of a brotherhood that cared for widows and Confederate orphans and the rest But this business about burning a colored school Shad couldn’t let the Klan do it” Pg 229Ah yes a YA novel on the Reconstruction and the Klu Klux Klan told from their point of view—poor white men scared and reluctant to acknowledge the intelligence and euality of the colored population I am so intrigued—and then when it starts with a letter to readers apologizing and acknowledging the racist views of his characters in advance with his intention to not justify its views but draw readers so closely into their world that they can experience his emerging capacity to uestion the circumstances— I was all in and ready to read this 2013 novel—I am so interested in learning about why people think they way they do and while I know black inferiority and white superiority was how they were raised I love to read about how people grew past that thinking and things slowly changeOkay so Richmond VA 1867 two years after the divisive Civil War and Shad and his older brother Jeremiah are like most of the families are struggling to make it after the disappearance and probable death of their fathersadly the book said there were no men around over the age of eighteen as men of a certain age went off to war and seeing a thirty year old was rare The Civil War hit Richmond hard and every family lost at least one male and after the loss the city was resentful and poor and then burdened with newly freed Negros who they felt were competing for the same jobs as them and in some cases may have even been better educatedShad deals with his own feelings towards the blacks in town and even his own bigotry as there is a very well educated Negro girl named Rachel who intimidates him with her knowledge and talent ah she reads Shakespeare and even though she is colored he agrees to her tutoring him in reading only after finding out she is being taught by a white man It is infuriating and enlightening to read this side as you only see the evil being a proud African American woman but there is also their story and all they have ever know and what they believed as rightShad and his family believe that blacks are beneath them so he must go in secret at dawn to learn at a colored school from Rachel and then when Shad follows Jeremiah one night and is sworn into the Klan he gets a whole new set of rules to followIt is said here that the Klan was started to provide protection to the large amount of widows left behind after the war yet a side interest they also shared was also a hatred for the encroaching colored population who they felt did not know their place and were doing their jobs for less paythey were so brainwashed for years of believing they were the superior race that they did not want to accept blacks getting ahead or anythingit really puts you into the mindset of how some whites felt and still feel—ah the power of reading because it shows you other viewpoints you may never knowShad is caught in between acceptance and his family and his newfound appreciation and respect for blacks and all they know and have accomplished the tension is there and you wonder where his loyalty lies If his family knew he attended colored school and even shared some of tailoring knowledge he would be disowned and definitely kicked out of the brotherhood but he does enjoy learning and teaching the colored children and even admiring RachelThere is an inevitable clash and main conflict where all is exposed and Shad must choose; it endswell there are still active Klan chapters today so does it really endIt is an eye opening look as the author describes of “impoverished and poorly educated white Southerners and how they might have felt during Reconstructiongrieving massive losses of property friends and family members while struggling to understand and adjust to enormous political and economic changes” pg 357A real walk in my shoes kind of read and you learn about racism sibling rivalry Reconstruction history and the power and resiliency of newly freed blacks striving to educate themselves and work for what they want and deserveGood read glad it was written When a book starts out with a disclaimer from the author about a subject matter it can be either a good sign or a bad sign In the case of AB Westrick's Brotherhood it's a little of both Set in Richmond Virginia in 1867 Brotherhood follows the story of Shadrich Weaver who wants nothing than to be a man like his older brother Jeremiah but in the process of doing so learns about right and wrong than he ever intended The book is a bit of a frame story that starts out with Jeremiah's arrest for the murder of a man named George Weaver From there though Westrick crafts a masterful tale written in the language style that would've been spoke in post Civil War era Richmond As a reader we follow the induction ceremonies of the Ku Klux Klan learn that pretty much they'll do anything to keep the coloreds from learning or for that matter even accepting them as freeThe cast of characters from Shadrich who grows up very uickly as he takes reading lessons from Miz Perkinson who educates him in return for him teaching the other students lessons in tailoring to Jeremiah whom the Klan is law king to his grandfather who understands the seriousness of the business of industry the Klan especially in a stunning climax that is very relevant even in today's world are a group of people that could've been any citizens family in Richmond in 1867 The story itself is engrossing also a bit frightening to see the lengths to which people would go in some cases to make sure the South still retained supremeGranted the subject matter is a bit hard to read for a book geared at 5th grade and up this may not be one that people are willing to read However I urge any parent or child with a love of history to read this book because of the insights into particularly the KKK a very different view of how life really was after the Civil War Scheduled for release in September 2013 Brotherhood is a book that hopefully will gain believers than critics especially in this sesuicentennial time frame for the Civil War Exciting story about a boy growing up in Richmond Virginia a few years after the Civil War has ended Westrick's in depth research about the era shows The story and characters remain with me long after I've finished reading this book The book Brotherhood by AB Westrick is a great book It tells the story of a young boy named Shadrach in 1867 During that time in the book racism was very real and scary for any and everyone affected by it This is because of a group called the KKK or Ku Klux Klan people in this group terrorize people and their homes because of their skin color Shadrach has an older brother who happens to be in the group and Shadrach without knowing much about the group decides he wants to go with his brother to one of the groups meetings Shadrach chases his brother to the meeting despite being told by his brother not to follow him After that Shadrach attends meetings and learns what the group does at least what the group wants him to know He learns that they light houses and fields on fire and other destructive things he also learns that he shouldn't like the people of color but he doesn't know how to feel about this because he is friends with freed slaves who he later learns are targeted by the KKK Shadrach is sent on a mission after his brother is arrested one morning and his mother is left afraid and worried his mother sends him to find his grandfather On the way there he finds one of his friends a freed slave who tells him that his brother drowned a newly freed slave Shadrach has no idea that the KKK does things like this and he tells his grandfather about what he has heard and learns the true nature of the KKK After this Shadrach is forced to choose between his family and what he knows is right That decision is part of why I like this book and I highly recommend it In Brotherhood by A B Westrick is a historical fiction book published in 2013 is based off the KKK In 1867 in Richmond Virginia a 14 year old boy named Shadrach Weaver apprentices with a tailor Shadrach's brother Jeremiah is a KKK member and one night when Shadrach tries to follow his brother to one of the meetings he is caught and joins the KKK When Jeremiah is arrested by the Yankees for killing a white man Shadrachs life changes In chapter 5 When Shadrach is captured he thinks they are ghosts I thought the author including Shadrach saying how he thought they were ghosts was confusing because I didn't uite understand why he was calling them ghosts Great read Very cool to see a perspective of someone that was in the KKK Even though it was fictional

About the Author: A.B. Westrick

A B Westrick is the daughter of Southerners who sought to leave the South behind Raised in Pennsylvania she later moved with her husband to Virginia and spent hours walking Richmond’s brick streets wondering how her ancestors had fared during and after the War between the States BROTHERHOOD grew from those wonderings AB Westrick has been a teacher paralegal literacy volunteer administr