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Buttermilk Bottom H. Victoria Hargro Atkerson

Buttermilk Bottom

H. Victoria Hargro Atkerson

Published December 15th 2011
ISBN : 9781456884383
396 pages
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 About the Book 

“Buttermilk Bottom” was a real place. It existed for many years in theshadows of Atlanta’s business district and was considered a festering eyesore.Many generations of black families lived there in almost total seclusionbecause of it geographic location, which was a sunken community riddledwith poverty, crime, rodents, and economic depression that was legallyimposed by the separate but unequal Jim Crow laws that devastated thelives of thousands of black families throughout the South.This is a fi ctionalized account of the people who lived in “The Bottom”and their lifestyle during the 50’s and the early 60’s. Buttermilk Bottomhad a notorious reputation because of its delapadated wooden framedapartment houses, high crime rate, extreme poverty, and its isolationfrom the rest of the city. The reader will glimpse the living conditions, themindset of the people, and the political atmosphere that devastated theirlives on a daily bases. You will meet and be charmed by the handsome,dangerous ex-con Cameron Fielding, the local number writer. The smartand very attractive school principal, Grace, Cameron’s long-time sweetheartis helplessly trapped in her passion for Cameron despite the pressures ofher peers and her professional life. You will be amused by the intelligentand funny storyteller, “Cripple Jake.” The forbidding Voodoo Priestess willmakes you wonder, while her beautiful daughter, Jazmine, will captivateyou. The popular and well-endowed Queenie, the madame and co-ownerof the local “juke joint” is unforgetable, along with Lucille, who you willremember and laugh about for a lifetime. In Buttermilk Bottom soulfood never tasted so good, the blues never sounded so low down, and theintimacy in love relationships of the characters will sizzle in your dreamslong after you put this remarkable story down and re-read for years tocome. “Buttermilk Bottom” is a pictorial in words and the storytelling isbrilliant.