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I Lived on the Other Side of the Line: The Civil Rights Era through the Eyes of a Child: The Road to Freedom Paperback – August 20, 2013
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About the Author
Carlotta Maria Shinn Russell MA, MBA, BBA; university professor, author, speaker, lecturer. Russell makes her home in the South.
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The author bases most of the book on observations and experiences of Shane Washington, who was a ten-year-old girl in the early 1960s. Shane told the author, Carlotta S. Russell, about those experiences, emphasizing the period between 1960 and the 1970s. Shane grew up in Chunchula, Alabama about twenty miles north of Mobile. The author alternates between interviews and commentary based on our nation's founding documents, including the US Constitution, President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and scripture.
Shane lived in a close-knit community, but the reality of discrimination and segregation were never far from her thoughts. A yearning for freedom was ever close to her thoughts as well. In addition to Shane, the author interviews others and collects their thoughts and experiences during the early days of the Civil Rights movement.
It would be impossible to address these topics without a discussion of hatred fostered by the Ku Klux Klan. Their actions and ideology combined physical and emotional assaults, causing fear and terror, especially among blacks in the south. Through overt attacks and more sinister ones, they dealt fear, hurt and pain on everyone who resisted their efforts. The Klan used intimidation against whites as well as a way of subverting the will of the community.
While the author doesn't flinch while discussing the bad side of segregation, she doesn't hesitate to express the hopes and dreams of all those who want to overcome. It would be impossible to do so without mentioning contributions of men like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert and Martin Luther King. The efforts of these men built the foundation and pressed on to make advancements in the Civil Rights movement a reality. Their work hasn't been finished but much has been accomplished.
Following her discussion and the historical contexts related to her interviews, the author adds statistical research assessments on recent elections and coverage by the media.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the Civil Rights movement, its background and impact on America needs to read, I Lived on the Other Side of the Line: The Civil Rights Era through the Eyes of a Child: The Road to Freedom by Carlotta Maria Shinn-Russell
I Lived on the Other Side of the Line: The Civil Rights Era through the Eyes of a Child: The Road to Freedom