- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press; 62043rd edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820313882
- ISBN-13: 978-0820313887
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia 62043rd Edition
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It is the achievement of Mr. Trillin's brilliant little book that, without false rhetoric or student pleadings, he can suddenly bring into focus the whole confused story of Civil Rights by examining in detail one particularly significant episode.(Times Literary Supplement)
The stereotypes are swept away, and Holmes and Miss Hunter emerge as people rather than as Heroes of the Cause. . . . We are left with an acutely perceptive approximation of what those 30 months at Athens, Georgia must have meant to the two who lived them and to those who came in their wake.(Hodding Carter III Book Week)
[This book] comes closer to the essential social truths of the problem than do some works of greater scope. . . . Trillin brings to the task a greater knowledge of his subjects than most reporters. . . .This knowledge is reinforced by a keen eye, a sensitive ear and respect for fact.(New York Times Book Review)
About the Author
Calvin Trillin, a longtime staff writer for the "New Yorker" (where "An Education in Georgia" originally appeared as a series of articles), also writes a syndicated newspaper column. His many books include "Travels with Alice," "Enough's Enough (and Other Rules of Life)," and "American Stories."
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but distinctly different people, from him, and from one another. I found Charlayne Hunter especially compelling. She lived isolated in a dorm and ate alone at the student dining hall (segrated restaurants in GA would not have served her then). The young man, Hamilton Holmes, lived with a black family in town, ate no meals on campus and says he would not have lasted if he hadn't spent every weekend in his hometown. Racists (most of them U of GA male law students) chanted insults outside of her dorm window, threw rocks,
and taunted her as she walked across campus.
She majored in journalism; he majored in pre-med. He made Phi Beta Kappa and went on to a distinguished career in medicine. She became PBS-TV news woman Charylane Hunter-Gault, an author of many books and New Yorker articles. An added bonus is that this book is written by Calvin Trillin, who covered the integration for Time Magaine then, and went on to a career as a New Yorker humorist and many delightful books. I recently saw Charlayne interview the mayor of Charleston, SC, on PBS-TV, after the shooting of the AME Church bible study group. (Her father had been an AME minister) She showed this white mayor, admired by African-Americans and Caucasians and re-elected by both for 40-years, to be the most hopeful story in that sad town. Someone ought to write his biography. Who could do it better than Ms. Hunter-Gault?
I will give this book to my granddaughter, a teenager in Atlanta, who should know this local history.