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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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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.
Do not skip the introduction. The paragraph about the reaction Martin Luther King's desire to "redeem the soul of America" is worth the price of the book.
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Great service and book as described. Thank you. Highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by Michael Wisniewski
I like the book for giving me a glimpse of what it meant to be a slave.
It was required reading for a history class. Read more
This is one of the most important books for a white male to read. Add "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "Black Like Me" and you begin to feel like an ignorant fool discovering... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by ChangeItOrDrownIt