Bill Slawter’s Book “Sit-ins, Drive-Ins, And Uncle Sam” Published

Bill Slawter’s book Sit-Ins, Drive-Ins And Uncle Sam has been published by Atmosphere Press. Memoir-based and extensively researched, the book weaves together the history of the 1960s civil rights movement in Greensboro, N.C. and coming of age in the era of drive-in theaters and drive-in restaurants, while living with the fear of getting drafted and being sent to Vietnam. The book includes 70 photos, many of them from museums and other curators. It is available from Malaprop’s, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.

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“Slawter offers a comprehensive yet sharply probing overview of the 1960s while drawing an eloquent portrait of his own coming-of-age journey as a white boy in the South against the backdrop of the civil rights revolution…[His] refined historical intuition combined with his novelist’s sensibility make for a sophisticated, absorbing narrative that transports readers right into the era…Both a coming-of-age story and a brilliant interpretation of the history, this is a vital book for any library or personal collection.” BookView Review

“Slawter depicts his North Carolina youth in two competing ways: his nostalgia for his innocent, joyful high school days and his “lingering sense” that he did not do enough to reckon with injustice. His sharp memory for details, enhanced by his generosity in sharing them, expertly transports the reader to 1960s North Carolina.” Independent Book Review

“One could ask nothing more of a time travel journey into the past, making Sit-Ins, Drive-Ins and Uncle Sam a strong recommendation for any reader or library collection looking for an evocative “you are there” journey into America’s volatile 1960s.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review