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The Cost of Courage: The Journey of an American Congressman Paperback – May 29, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0817311056 ISBN-10: 081731105X Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081731105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817311056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,842,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Elliott, formerly a Democratic congressman from Alabama, recounts his role in the struggle for civil rights--and against George Wallace. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Former Alabama Congressman Elliott was the first winner of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. His autobiography focuses on his political career in the 1950s and 1960s when Alabama and the rest of the South were convulsed by struggles over racial integration. It was his liberalism, his failure to staunchly support segregation, and the power then wielded by segregationist Governor George Wallace that brought Elliott's career to an early end. His book contains a few factual errors (e.g., the Congress of Racial Equality is misidentified). Still, it is a good way for general readers to develop some understanding of the problems facing moderate and liberal Southern politicians during this turbulent period. For a broader examination of Southern politics during this same era, readers can consult Numan V. Bartley and Hugh D. Graham's Southern Politics and the Second Reconstruction ( LJ 6/15/75). Suitable for public library collections on Southern history and politics.
- Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lane Reno on March 18, 2013
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I absolutely love this book, and love the man, just from what I got off the pages! I so wish I could have met him, but after reading this, I feel as if I had. The way Mr. Elliott tells his story--well, it is just as if you are sitting there with him in a direct conversation. You get his personality straight-up, no false front, just as real as it gets. There are sections that made me cry, some made me laugh out loud, some of it made me angry, but it all encouraged lengthy reflection on my part long after laying the book down.

Carl Elliott, Sr. was a man of strong positive ethics, he had a passion for what is truly "right", and he stood by that at all costs. He was for the poor man, he was for the minority, he was for the people who he saw as being forgotten or pushed to the bottom of the social system. He was for education for ALL, not just the well-to-do. He was a most determined person throughout his entire life.

This book was very hard for me to put down, and I am not even an official "southerner", nor have I ever been involved in politics. Nevertheless, this book by the man Carl Elliott, Sr. drew me into it and absorbed my thoughts in a most unexpected way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pj Magik on January 28, 2013
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I got it for someone else this time - still a terrific book, I think more people should read about an ethical, workaholic congressman.
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Bought this for my father. He was pretty excited because it was signed and Carl was his uncle.
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By Regina Green on January 7, 2015
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Love it. My favorite.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dean scott on July 25, 2010
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Arrived in good condition but was kinda slow getting here. Other than that I am happy with the purchase.
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