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Dawn of Desegregation: J. A. De Laine and Briggs v. Elliott Hardcover – May 15, 2011
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Ophelia De Laine Gona has gathered the personal notes of her father into a clear narrative that dramatically unfolds into a story of depth and drama. The undertaking must have been exhausting, for she dealt with the task of telling the definitive account of the events which culminated in the abolition of the "separate but equal" myth which had condemned generations of African-Americans to inferior schooling.
The book reads very well and does not get bogged down in miniscule details. The chapters make the history come alive, composed with the passion of one who lived through the events. The writing style is often vividly descriptive with lines such as: "The shell of the burned out sanctuary bore ghastly witness to the reign of hate" (p. 186). De Laine Gona has put a very human face on this historical narrative. Her chapter "Armageddon" truly captures the terror that her father and her family experienced.Read more ›
Much has been written about civil rights struggles in the USA, and the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board of Education is legendary. However, this book richly brings to life the way in which that outcome had a great deal to do with the courage and tenacity of good people, many Black and a few White, who fought for civil rights and overcame the bigotry and violence of white supremacists in the Southern USA. This is a quintessential American story of an important struggle to make a more perfect union as anticipated by the framers of the US Constitution. It needs to be read by Americans of all ages and races.
You've got to read it. It is such a good book that once you start reading it, it is very hard to stop.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Truth and Justice for all people.
If you read this book and your heart and soul is not touched by it, then I say that there is something wrong and you do not have a conscience at all.
Buy it. You will not regret it.
Packed with factual information, this important and moving story should have a place in every school. Reading it, I felt as if I knew the author's father and had nothing but admiration for him and his wife, and all of their neighbors and friends who risked their lives to challenge the shameful practices of discrimination and segregation.
Told with no hint of anger or enmity, this story offers wonderful insight into the thoughts and lives of all those who participated in changing the course of American history. It is a truly special book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A first class narration of a shameful time in our history. Hard to believe that J.A. and Ophelia have turned out to be such fine, contributing people/authors!Published 14 months ago by Laura Damon
I am interested in South Carolina history so am anxious to read this book. It was delivered right away but I loaned it to a friend while I finished reading another bookPublished on January 31, 2013 by OhMe