him on the Jim Crow South. Known as a "damyankee nigger lover," Salisbury challenged racist students to think logically about other races and their bigotry (195). He soon happily returned to Iowa, accepting a job at Drake University before subsequently being hired at the University of Oregon. Salisbury shows himself as an ardent supporter of free speech, while also disputing mainstream American society's viewpoints, identifying tv as a perpetuator of propaganda. The book is not rigidly linear, containing instances of reflections and comparisons to contemporary society and historical events. There are many references to the removal and killing of Salisbury's Shawnee and Cherokee ancestors. Salisbury mentions a few stories more than once, making certain parts of the memoir repetitive. His prose, however, is exquisite, creating a highly readable autobiography. He also infuses poetry in select passages. Salisbury often refers to himself as a "Vanishing American," poking fun at the concept, because over a century after American Indians were supposed to have disappeared, his words are evidence to the contrary. David Christensen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Liz Stephens, The Days Are Gods. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2013. 216 pp. $18.95. Mark Twain was perhaps the first of
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