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Unformatted text preview: Bret Wojcik 2/13/08 History 222 Blood Done Sign My Name A picture is worth a thousand words, and when Timothy Tyson uses words the reader gets a million pictures in his or her mind. Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson is a masterpiece with everything a reader wants in an autobiography and nonfiction book. It has the devastating truth of nonfiction including rich facts and voluptuous detail in every paragraph. Tyson uses intricate details describing his life in the south when he was growing up. Blood Done Sign My Name was written for many purposes, and one of the underlying reasons was to inform and educate people about racism, hatred, and the death of Henry Marrow. Timothy Tyson felt compelled to let the world know of the travesties that occurred in Oxford, North Carolina. First of all, Tyson was appalled of the justice system in the south at the time of the murder. The facts were clear and evident in case against Robert Teel, and he should have been convicted; however, he was acquitted because of an all white jury and numerous people vouching for him. It was a mockery of the justice system for Robert Teel to get off scott free, and Tyson was disgusted with it. Another reason for Tyson writing this book was because he knew that Marrow was a good man with a family and certainly didn’t deserve his fate. Maybe he did say an obscene phrase to Larry Teel’s wife, maybe he didn’t, but death is not a deserving punishment. Tyson also wrote this because he wanted the world to know how white people can literally get away with murder. He wanted this to stop, because if it didn’t then African Americans would never have equal rights. Equality was a big ticket issue in the 1960s and 70s, and Tyson wanted he wanted it for everyone and everything. Complications happen in everyday life, whether it’s missing the bus to school or not turning in your work on time. They’re unfortunate and certainly forgettable. Tyson had quite a few problems while researching to write Blood Done Sign My Name . For example, Teel and Tyson are in Teel’s barbershop talking about the death of Henry Marrow and Tyson asks what happened. Teel responds by saying, “I can’t talk to you about that. I am sorry, but I just don’t remember you…It’s been a long time. No offense, I like you just fine, but for all I know you are working for the N-double-C-A-P.” 1 Tyson really wanted to get “Teel’s” side of the story to compare and contrast it to someone else was there like Boo Chavis. Another complication of compare and contrast it to someone else was there like Boo Chavis....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course HIST 222 taught by Professor Pamelariney during the Spring '07 term at Iowa State.
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