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Confederate Streets by [Tocknell, Erin]

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Part memoir, part literary journalism, part history, Erin Tocknell's beautiful book investigates the landscape of memory, enlarging our sense of what it means to be from a particular place. A fearless and compassionate eye informs these pages, revealing how rich a so- called ordinary life can be, and how necessarily embedded in history and geography, even and especially in a country that devalues both. It's the kind of book that makes you reflect on your own life in new ways, a book I can't wait to teach students struggling to tell their own stories. --Jane McCafferty, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author One Heart

In Confederate Streets, Erin E. Tocknell takes us to two Nashvilles: the one that shaped her sensibility as a writer a rich, green, inviting landscape of backyard grapevine swings and cooling high jumps into the swim and tennis club pool, church choir practice and youth group outings, bluegrass, country, and the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville that was hiding in plain sight because of the segregation that persists in the city to this day. e Nashville Tocknell brings to life as a result of archival research and personal interviews its black ministers, musicians, teachers, principals, and students is rendered with the same lyricism and power as her evocations of the city she knew in her own childhood, under the skin. Whether she is chronicling the local history of busing and zoning, or taking us inside a 1930s club in the Jim Crow South to hear Harmonica Wizard Deford Bailey take the stage, or bringing us into her own church to hear an all-but-forgotten white minister preach against segregation twenty years before she was born, Tocknell s essays are loving tributes to ordinary citizens who have worked for social change in the city that she and they have called home. --Natalia Rachel Singer, author of Scraping by in the Big Eighties

Erin Tocknell has written a rich memoir Confederate Streets, set in the backdrop of Nashville s 1980s school desegregation period. Entering first grade in 1984, Tocknell shows us her Nashville, a white suburban neighborhood where most of her friends and neighbors go to private school and spent their summers at the Wildwood Swim and Tennis Club. Green dominates the landscape of my memories in southwestern Nashville. We lived in a house halfway up a ridge in a neighborhood called Forest Hills, bordered by Green Hills to the north, Oak Hill to the east, and Belle Meade to the west. This was the affluent part of town... This new author not just charts her world, but takes us on a journey of her Confederate Streets, by showing us some important moments of Nashville s racial history: we learn that the first organized sit-in took place by Fisk University, Tennessee A & I, the American Baptist College students, five days after the sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina; and Nashville adopted its own response to Brown vs. Board of the Education, by adopting Kelly vs. the Board of Education, which included a grade-a-year desegregation plan. Growing up with empathic parents to the cause of human rights, and a curiosity about what was happening around her, in her Nashville, Erin Tocknell with powerful language writes about her fears, the power of knowledge, but most important, she reminds us all to remember to ask questions. Erin Tocknell graceful writing reminds us how connected we are through a sense of place and time. --Ethel Smith author From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College

About the Author

Erin E. Tocknell grew up in Nashville but received all of her post-secondary education in or near Pittsburgh, earning her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon in 2000 and her M.F.A. from West Virginia University in 2007. A winner of the AWP Intro Award in 2007, she has been published in the Tampa Review, The Southern Review, Ancient Paths, and the Oakland Review. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she has the daily privilege of introducing students at The McCallie School to the joys of literature, writing, and rowing.

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  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Benu Press (December 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004F9PAYI
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