Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood by Michael D’Orso (review)

Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood by Michael D'Orso (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996)

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Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood by Michael D’Orso (review)

by Steven F. Lawson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 1: Spring 1997

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996

The appearance of Alex Haley’s Roots as a television miniseries in the 1 970s stimulated many black Americans to search for their family origins in slavery and Africa. A similar passion drove a group of Floridians to excavate the layers of sediment that kept hidden from all but a few of their relatives their secret past. Uncovering the buried treasure of their heritage, however, did not require digging into slavery or the continent from which their ancestors came; rather it meant a journey ofsome sixty years back to a location only a hundred or so miles from where most of them currendy lived. Through their investigations, they sought to remedy a brutal injustice perpetrated against their families and reclaim the history that six decades of silence had robbed from them. Michael D’Orso’s recent book, Like Judgment Day, is a written record of this once buried history.