The Water Is Wide Themes

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The book is written about the time period of the mid to late 1960s in America when the Civil Rights Movement is peaking, characterized by radical behaviors and shifts in perceptions in the whole country but especially in the South where racism is notoriously widespread. Pat Conroy is admittedly part of the Old South prejudices which perpetuate the practice of racism in all aspects of society. It is not until Pat has graduated college that he begins to explore alternate behaviors and ways of thinking to begin the elimination of racism in the South. Unfortunately, Pat's naiveté encounters members of the rigid school establishment fighting against desegregation and clinging to the old ways of life where they could keep black people in their designated places and live in what they perceive to be the natural order of things. Ironically, Pat encounters black parents on Yamacraw who feel Pat...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Water Is Wide from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.