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The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida Hardcover – July 1, 1999

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"This will be a significant contribution to civil rights historiography and will bring Florida’s civil rights history into the literature in a way that has not fully happened."--David J. Garrow, author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference


"A gripping narrative of the civil rights struggle in Florida's capital . . . The author's work mining the relevant archives and court records is impressive. . . . In exploring the roots, evolution, and outcomes of African American civil rights struggles in Tallahassee, Rabby illuminates 'the promise of protest' while remaining ever-mindful of 'the pain of what is yet undone."--North Carolina Historical Review


"Until Rabby, no one had chronicled the entire civil rights movement in Tallahassee and validated . . . what it was: a crucial part of American history.”--Tallahassee Democrat


"A highly readable book, rich in detail, conversational in tone, informative."--Florida Times Union

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Glenda Alice Rabby is with the Florida Department of Education. She lives in Tallahassee.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082032051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820320519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rabby has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of the civil rights struggle on the local level. She has the full cast of characters: impatient students, anxious elders, foot-dragging whites,mean-spirited judges, foolish community leaders, and violent racists.
What makes this book so good, so essential is the humanity, the people who led and bled to advance the movement in Tallahassee and the nation, to make America live up to its promise of freedodm and equality.
In the end, Rabby restastes with passion and eloquence an essential truth of the civil rights movement--it was a daily struggle carried forth by ordinary people cast into extrordinay circumstances by their courage and determination.
Read this book if you want to appreciate America at her best.
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A superb study of the civil rights movement in one city that has direct meaning for all communities, north and south. The author traces the sources of the strength of the activists, but does not neglect their weaknesses or mistakes. Covering the period from 1945 to the present, the book gives a rich sense of what the struggle for (and against) civil rights meant then and means now.
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Tallahassee represents yet another little known struggle to free the United States from the shackles of segregation. Like many small cities, particularly in the South, Tallahassee garnered little national attention. Yet the brutality of the struggle was the same as its more famous sister cites.

This book represents a carefully documented history of Tallahassee through the Civil Rights era. I have visited and lived in Tallahassee which made the book even more vivid. I have been to the places chronicled in the book.

This book is a vivid reminder of a struggle that shaped an era. The book itself is an extension of the author's Ph.D. thesis. The careful documentation speaks well for a Florida State University doctoral degree. Well documented research, well written text.

If you respect and love the history of the South, this should be required reading.

Ira Sheier, Ph.D.
Indiana University `73
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This book is indeed "The Pain and The Promise" for racial justice in Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida, primarily beginning with the bus boycotts and lunch counter protests in the early 1960's and ending about 1971, with the beginning of court ordered integration of the public schools in Tallahassee and Leon County.

Numerous faculty and students at both FAMU and FSU were active in the struggle. Ms. Rabby interviewed some, most notably for me Dr. Jackson Lee Ice, as he was one of my professors in my major field of religion at FSU. Dr. Ice was heavily relied upon by Ms. Rabby. Ms. Rabby chose an excellent activist and witness to the pain and the promise in Tallahassee and Leon County. Unfortunately, Dr. Ice is deceased.

Please read "The Pain and the Promise". Both weep and celebrate.

The prose is well written. The book is essentially her PhD thesis.
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