Standing at the Scratch Line (Paperback)
Villard, 9780375756672, 576pp.
Publication Date: January 9, 2001
King thus embarks on an adventure that first takes him to France, where he fights in World War I as a member of the segregated 369th Battalion in the bigoted army he finds himself locked in combat with American soldiers as well as with Germans. When he returns to America, he battles the Mob in Jazz Age Harlem, the KKK in Louisiana, and crooked politicians trying to destroy a black township in Oklahoma.
King Tremain is driven by two principal forces: He wants to be treated with respect, and he wants to create a family dynasty much like the one he left behind in Louisiana. This is a stunning debut by novelist Guy Johnson that provides a true depiction of the lives of African-Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century.
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Praise For Standing at the Scratch Line…
"Eminently readable."—Entertainment Weekly
"Tremain has the qualifications to be one of literature's most versatile heroes."—The Wall Street Journal
"An exuberant novel about dreaming big dreams and honoring black heroes. A page turner full of pride, energy and passionate people."—Black Issues Book Review