How does the story, Blood Burning Moon, instruct the reader? 

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Blood Burning Moon, is a tragic story of love and race. It is set in rural Georgia in the 1920's. The story instructs the reader on how racial tension was during this time. Black people were wanting to be treated equal and some of the white's were still living in the past. The mind set of the rural south during this time, was that blacks still had no rights.

Bob Stone is a white man from a wealthy family. He is in love with Louisa, a black girl. Tom Burwell is a black man who works in the fields and is also in love with Louisa. Louisa is supposed to meet Bob one night, but Tom finds her first. When Bob finds them, he challenges Tom to a fight. Tom ends up cutting Bob's throat. Bob makes it back to town and tells the white men that Tom did this to him. The white men gather a mob and go to find Tom. Once they find him, they lynch him right there. Louisa has gone home and can't hear the screams of Tom, but opens her eyes to see a full moon, and considers it an omen. 

"Louisa, upon the step before her home, did not hear it, but her eyes opened slowly. They saw the full moon glowing in the great door. The full moon, an evil thing, an omen. Soft showering the homes of folks she knew. Where were they, the people? She'd sing and perhaps they'd come out and join her. Perhaps Tom Burwell would come. At any rate, the full moon in the great door was an omen which she must sing to."

This story strikes a chord for us today. Although it was written many years ago, we are still challenged with racial tension in the world. This instructs us to look at one another with clear non-judgmental eyes. 

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Blood-Burning Moon

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