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Allensworth: The Freedom Colony Paperback – October 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1597140911 ISBN-10: 1597140910 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597140910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597140911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of Colonel Allensworth is...noteworthy. A man with the ability to withstand the burdens of bondage, to convey the need and importance of education, and with the vision to plan and implement a racial community deserves greater attention in the study of Afro-American history. Lonnie G. Bunch, from the catalog of the Los Angeles African American Library and Museum exhibit on Allensworth in 1990 --Lonnie G. Bunch, from the exhibition catalog on Allensworth by the Los Angeles African American Library and Museum

About the Author

Alice Calbert Fauntleroy Royal, RN, MPH, was born Alice Lucinda Calbert on January 15, 1923, in her grandparents home in Allensworth, California. After an early childhood in the Central Valley, including two years in Allensworth when she was seven and eight years old, she grew up in Alameda and became a public health nurse. She chaired the Colonel Allensworth State Park Advisory Committee from 1985 to 1989, served on the Allensworth planning task force for 2008, and is a long-time member of the Friends of Allensworth.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Warner on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I felt honored to have attended the recent 100th anniversary celebration of the town of Allensworth, founded in 1908 by Lt. Col. Allensworth and others. Allen Allensworth was a Buffalo Soldier and a chaplain for the 24th Infantry, who, when he retired, was the highest-ranking African American in the military. He was a role model who promoted self-determination, hard work, civility and dignity.

Alice Royal is a descendant of one of Allensworth's founding families and together with two journalists has created the definitive work on the town, founded during the dark years of Jim Crow. My wife's great aunt and uncle were also one of the founding families of Allensworth, and Royal makes you feel like you were part of the scene.

Allensworth: The Freedom Colony is not only well-documented, but it contains both original photos and re-enactments of docents wearing period clothing. It is a pleasure to read and necessary for anyone who wants a better understanding of the time period, as well as background information on African Americans in California during the early 20th century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vera G. Hunter on September 11, 2008
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THE UNTOLD STORY OF CALIFORNIA'S ONLY AFRICAN AMERICAN TOWN.

Some three hundred families relocated to California's Central Valley between 1908 and 1918 to establish Allensworth -- A town African Americans could call their own.. Challenged by a variety of circumstances and doomed when a water company failed
to come through on its promises ,the town disintegrated . Nonetheless it now still stands as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. More than twenty buildings in the downtown area have been restored to resemble the town as it was from the beginning.

The book tells the story of the town from its beginnings - from Colonel
Allensworth's vision, to the financing of the land purchase, to the establishment of the community, to the inspired creation of the park, and currant concerns about the future.. Alice C. Royal, the author, is a descendant of the town's first settlers. She narrates the story using contemporary and archival photographs plus material drawn from her own memories. She also used materials provided by volunteers and the park's collection of
oral histories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve Goldberg on September 6, 2008
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I loved reading this book. it was informative and entertaining. I felt that I had an inside look at a fascinating aspect of history. it was a great combination of personal stories and outside narrative. the photos were excellent and really added to the story. if you're interested in African-American history, California history, or just people in general, read this!
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By Barbara Gomez on February 5, 2009
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I bought this book for its history that includes part of my family. I was, however, disappointed that my father, Richard Gomez, was not quoted and that my great grandfather's (George W. Archer) entire ancestry was not mentioned and the fact that he was the deputy sheriff of Allensworth. I imagine you can't catch everything, but since I grew up hearing this all of my life I was looking forward to seeing some of it in print and it was sorely missing.
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