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There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America (Harvest Book) Paperback – January 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reissue edition (January 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156890895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156890892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Civil rights activist Vincent Harding was a friend and colleague of King and worked with Coretta Scott King to establish the King Center in Atlanta, serving as its first director. A distinguished theologian and historian, he is the award-winning author of several books and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Mr. Harding is a gifted researcher and scholar.
Sabida
I read, underlined, and wrote notes along the margins of almost every page, and purchased other books from Mr. Harding's extensive resource list.
Linda J. Jenkins
This is truly an extraordinary book, worth reading again and again.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sabida on December 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Vincent Harding has introduced to us a well researched and well presented picture of the opposing forces to America's economic system based on slave and cheap labor. He chronicles the parallel between the systems of oppression and the systems of resistance against oppression. The River of resistance will forever run through a society where opportunity is squelched by the formation of inequality.
He removes the fictionalized view of the plantation and the relationship between master and slave and replaces it with documented reality.
Where there is oppression there is resistance to that oppression. This reality has been lost in the Hollywood depictions of slave uprisings, and the "run away slave". It is made clear that Harriet Tubman did not "run away" she was part of a well thought out and masterful organized effort to abolish slavery. There are many well researched and documented instances of organized resistance as well as individual acts of rebellion. These make up the river of resistance that flowed and continues to flow in the presence of human bigotry and oppression. This is a must read for individuals and groups of all races, cultures and nationalities who want to understand their own motives and actions against economic and social tyranny in America and abroad. Mr. Harding makes it quite clear that there are well thought out schemes and timing which are present with both the oppressor and those resisting and overturning oppression.
This is not a novel, but a text book well worth studying. He does not sensationalize nor create images of heroism. I have three copies of this book and refer to it often. Mr. Harding is a gifted researcher and scholar.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Jenkins on October 5, 2007
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I purchased my first copy of There Is a River over two decades ago. I read, underlined, and wrote notes along the margins of almost every page, and purchased other books from Mr. Harding's extensive resource list. I couldn't get enough of this phenomenal text, so I read it several more times. Over the years, I purchased copies for my sons, and most recently, for one of my former students. This book truly is a must-read and it should be owned by every Black family in America. There is indeed a river! Thank you Vincent Harding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Yates on November 4, 2012
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I have a library of several hundred books related to the African-American experience, including classics like Carter Woodson's The Negro in Our History and Manning Marable's How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America. There is a River is the book I return to most often. It is beautifully written, and it makes crucial political points. But above all, it is dense with the vivid stories of real people -- the real people who above all have been the bringers of hope in the United States of America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Van Dyk on October 2, 2013
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One of the values of this book is the Introduction where Harding recounts how he came to write this book and decides how to position his own passions in the writing of it. It's an inspiration for authors - particularly writers of history. One of its joys is his resonant and rich writing style; another is the passion with which he writes. This book is a gem. Still in print after 30 years, and deservedly so.
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