So Pendleton really, really hates black people. I suppose I could do a more traditional synopsis: a family of planters in Georgia go through degradation in the post-war period, but it all comes back to Pendleton really, really, really hating black people. Also, blood libel. He quite freely mixes antisemitism and racism. Anyone who isn’t blond haired and blue eyed is evil, essentially.
Inscriptions: on the flyleaf: “To the Bradleys with sincere thanks for giving me insights into the width and breadth of the marriage license as set forth by an ill-informed negro lady. Sincerely, Alva Balden (or Baldin, perhaps), Xmas 1939”