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ARC Review: The Divorce Colony

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White April White’s The Divorce Colony is set during the Gilded Age, in the America of the late 1800s. It revolves around the lax divorce rules then to be found in South Dakota.  Today, getting divorced is almost easier than getting married. But in the Gilded Age, divorces were not so easy to obtain. Divorce was viewed as a moral concern for the state, and was denounced from the pulpit for threatening the sanctity of marriage. Even President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out against it.  Laws around divorce tended to be most lax on the frontiers of the United States. By the 1880s the territory of Dakota gained the dubious honor of posting the largest rise in divorces in the country. At the turn of the century one city - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - gained a reputation for having the laxest divorce laws of all, and required only a three month residency in order to take advantage of them

Review: Between the World and Me



Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes beautifully. I loved his book The Water Dancer, and like that book there are passages in this one that made me stop and marvel that anyone can be possessed of so much skill with words.

Written as a letter to his 15 year old son, Between the World and Me is an autobiographical recounting of the anger and frustration, the worry and fear of a Black father for his son's future. It's an attempt to arm his son with some of the knowledge he will need to navigate the world. It's a reflection on Race, and on the damaging power to Black bodies of the "Dream" of those who "believe themselves to be White". It's also a story of personal growth by a man who acknowledges he is not perfect and still has things to learn himself.

It's an instant classic. It's a must read, as Toni Morrison said. I don't know what took me so long to read it.

I rate Between the World and Me 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked it and am glad I read it. It moved me, and I recommend it.

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