Books: Tract from the South

KILLERS OF THE DREAM (256 pp.)—Lillian Smith—Norton ($3).

When Lillian Smith was a little girl in the deep South, a new Negro family moved to town. With the family came Janie, its adopted white-skinned child. Janie disturbed white folks. "They must have kidnaped her," said one of the ladies in Mrs. Smith's club.

Spurred by righteous clubwomen, the town marshal took Janie away from her foster parents and brought her to the generous Smiths, who let her share Lillian's room, clothes and toys. But one day, after a phone call from an orphanage, Lillian was...

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