Rachel Louise Martin A Most Tolerant Little Town

About the author:

Rachel Louise Martin is a historian and writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic and the Oxford American. The author of Hot, Hot Chicken, a cultural history of Nashville hot chicken, she is especially interested in the politics of memory and the power of stories to illuminate why injustice persists in America today. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

About the book:

A Most Tolerant Little Town tells the forgotten story of the first school to attempt court-mandated desegregation in the wake of 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. Historian Rachel Martin weaves together over a dozen perspectives in a kaleidoscopic portrait of a small town living through a tumultuous turning point for America. The result is a spellbinding mystery, a riveting piece of forgotten civil rights history, and a poignant reminder of the toll on those who stand on the frontlines of social change.