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Review of "The Expendable Man" by Effie Caldarola

On the cover of An Expendable Man: The Near Execution of Earl Washington, Jr., by Margaret Edds, Sister Helen Prejean commands, “Read this book.” I suggest you mind what the good sister says. You won’t be able to put the book down. Here’s a man, Earl Washington, Jr., who was the progeny of generations affected by slavery, post-slavery Jim Crow, and Southern black discrimination. He’s severely mentally challenged with an IQ around 69; his mother was both malnourished and an alcoholic during her pregnancy with him, and his own childhood was spent in abject poverty, undernourishment, and life with inebriated parents. As a young man, he was a common laborer, and sometimes found it hard to res

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