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The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

Author: Alex Kotlowitz

Year Published: 1998

Description: Alex Kotlowitz's The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma, explores America's racial divide through the true story of two Southern Michigan cities—one African-American, the other white—mired in fear and resentment when, in 1991, the body of a teenager is found floating in the river that separates them. In recounting the events following the mysterious death, which Kotlowitz spent four years investigating, the book shines a light on not only race relations in the two communities, but also America at large.

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'It is here, where the St. Joseph River opens into Lake Michigan, providing sustenance for spawning salmon and seasoned sailors that this story begins.  And it's here—at the beginning—where people began to disagree.'

The Other Side of the River

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