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In The Color of Water author James McBride writes both his autobiography and a tribute to the life of his mother Ruth McBride Ruth came to America when she was a young girl in a family of Polish Jewish immigrants Ruth married Andrew Dennis McBride a black man from North Carolina Jamess childhood was spent in a chaotic household of twelve children who had neither the time nor the chance to ponder questions of race and identity Ruth did not want to discuss the painful details of her early family life when her abusive father Tateh lorded over her sweet-tempered and meek mother Mameh James weaves his own life story into his mothers story Ruths philosophies on race religion and work influence him greatly Ruth always sent her children to the best schools no matter the commute to ensure they received the finest possible education She demanded respect and hard work from her children and always treated them tenderly She had an unwavering faith in God and strong moral convictions To Ruth issues of race and identity took secondary importance to moral beliefs Ruth McBride was born in Poland in 1921 Ruth Jordan was a Jewish immigrant to the United States Her family traveled around the country as her father tried to capitalize on his difference as a rabbi The family could not make a living this way and eventually settled down in Suffolk Virginia and opened a general store They lived above the store which was located in the mostly black section of town Ruths father Tateh was racist and overcharged his black customers Ruth resisted her fathers prejudices and pity with the black people in her town She recognized that the Ku Klux Klan and the white population in general fostered a tense violence atmosphere As a Jew Ruth found herself excluded from the white world of the South and felt she could partially identify with the hardships of her black neighbors Ruths
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