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A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith

Anna-Lisa Cox

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Prose: non-fiction

The inspiring true story of an extraordinary 19th century town where blacks and whites lived as equals.

In the heartland of 19th century America, amid a roaring sea of racism and hatred, a mixed-race community existed where blacks lived as equal citizens with whites. Schools and churches were completely integrated, blacks and whites married and power and wealth were shared between the races. Starting in the 1860s, the people of Covert, Michigan, broke both the laws and barriers to attempt what then seemed impossible: to love ones neighbour as oneself!

Far from serving as a beacon, amidst America's turmoil the story of Covert was forgotten, swept aside by those who found its very existence threatening, the memory of it wiped out by the passage of time. Now, in A Stronger Kinship, Anna-Lisa Cox gives us an astonishing account of the residents of Covert, told through six leading families who lived out this grand experiment in peaceable justice. It presents an America that miraculously once was and a vision of what it could become. This amazing history is a revelation.

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