The Color of Water

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother is an autobiography written by James McBride, to show the life he had with a white mother. It was published in 1995 as a tribute to his mother. His novel describes his mother’s life starting out when she was a younger girl, telling about her siblings and parents as well, then it moves on to his life talking about how he lived eleven other siblings. He described in detail about how hard life was for his mother raising twelve children by herself even though she was married. They book also varies from chapter to chapter from his point of view, then to her point of view. When she describes her life it discusses what it was like as a young Jewish girl, with a rabbi as a father, and a mother with a disability. It also shows the choices she made and the outcomes to the decisions. One of the choices she made was choosing to marry a black man in the 1940’s.

This story of these two lives show exactly what it was like in the 1900’s, and also during the segregation. It shows a greatly about the Black Panthers, and also shows a little bit about the Ku Klux Klan. The novel also mentions some of the main people who try to stop segregation, such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and even The Kennedy’s.