The Question and Answer section for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
when mama tells dad that the people in Birmingham are friendlier then they are in Flint , dad laughs and says ,"oh yeah ,they're a laugh a minute down there. Lets see , where was that 'colored only ' bathroom downtown?" what does dad mean by this ? what i
Dad is referring to the fact that Birmingham still adhered to segregation. Blacks were not allowed to use the same restrooms as whites.
At the start of Chapter Ten, Mr. Watson pulls over at a rest stop right outside of Toledo, Ohio.
From the text:
"A hillbilly. Only worse. Some of 'em don't even speak English."