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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth Books (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603062092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603062091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An easy read and well worth it!
Shirley A. Rawls
Thank God there are Mr Abbott's walking amongst us that had the passion to fight the fight and do what's right.
Pen Name
I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting.
Lynn Laurenti

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Laurenti on April 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Most of us who lived through the 1950s and 60s became aware of the abuse against African Americans that was endemic in the South, but few could have imagined the horrors that were taking place in juvenile detention facilities, which were, in fact, slave labor camps. Denny Abbott was on the front line of the battle to expose and change the system, even though that meant putting his career on the line and himself and his family in danger. Denny and his co-author, Doug Kalajian, have done a tremendous job of telling this compelling story. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on March 10, 2013
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A powerful story written by a true hero. Thank God there are Mr Abbott's walking amongst us that had the passion to fight the fight and do what's right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hoover1986 on March 1, 2013
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Reading this memoir brings one back to the distressing days of the 1960's. For those too young to remember the reality of living in the segregated South, it ought to be required reading. Abbott's story is, unfortunately, too true and well documented to be dismissed. The lessons of courage to take on the system are inspiring and one can only hope others still feel the outrage to do the same.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Battlegraphics on February 4, 2013
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For this reader, the insights in Denny Abbott's "They Had No Voice" came with a certain grudging feeling that "Yup. That's the way it happens." Confronted with direct personal knowledge of what is being done to these children the young Mr. Abbott does what I might have done: he goes along with it. It's part of his job. Only over time does he begin to realize that the system is wrong and he ought to do something about that. His victories aren't always complete, there's never a brass band and often not even a handshake to thank him. The risks he runs, to his job and his family, even to his life are often greater than the odds of success. You couldn't blame him for quitting but he does something I might not have done: he keeps on. What if we all could take just one more step to help those in need?
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By larry t on June 25, 2014
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Denny is a history maker. Reading the book is almost like sitting down and listening to Abbott. He was very brave
to take the legal action that was most needed at the time. He did so at great personal and family cost and should be an icon in the then battle for human equality. This book is a must read.
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