Discussion Guide for Let Me Fly

  1. Which character did you like best? Why?

  2. The idea of freedom is important in this book. What does freedom mean to the characters in Let Me Fly? What does it mean to you?

  3. In Let Me Fly, Adelaide and Rachel are transformed by their experiences, both personal and political. Are their journeys believable? Why or why not?

  4. Many of the characters in this book say that they would die for an ideal—love or freedom. How do you feel about such a statement?

  5. Both Lewis Hart and Frankie Williamson are motivated by their religious backgrounds. How does religion support their political ideas and activities? Do you think it’s a good idea for religion to encourage political action?

  6. The Turner brothers become involved with the Klan as the result of their experiences in the Confederate Army. Are their actions or attitudes understandable or justifiable? Or not?

  7. Do you see any parallels between the circumstances described in this book and the present day? What are they?

  8. Many people know this time and place, Georgia during Reconstruction, from Margaret Mitchell’s book (or the movie version), Gone with the Wind. Do you see any connections between these two books? Or not?

  9. Would you have liked to live during Reconstruction in the South? Why or why not? How would your answer change depending on your race and gender?

  10. Did this book change you? Do you have a new perspective as a result of reading Let Me Fly? Did you learn something you didn’t know before? Has your attitude or behavior changed?