- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494211564
- ISBN-13: 978-1494211561
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Go Stand Upon the Rock Paperback – May 20, 2014
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Dr. Sam Lemon grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, where his maternal great-great grandparents arrived as runaway slaves during the Civil War. Given refuge and support by local Quakers, his ancestors prospered and became prominent members of the community. Their descendants have lived on the same street in Media since 1872. This novel is based on his family’s strong oral and cultural traditions, and his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Lemon earned a A.B. at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; a M.S. in Instructional Media at West Chester University, and a Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His published dissertation was: "The Construction of Ethnoracial Identity within Situational Contexts" © 2007 (UPenn/UMI). He is currently an Assistant Professor and the director of a graduate program at Neumann University in Pennsylvania, and formerly worked in the fields of social services, education, and public television at WHYY in Philadelphia. Dr. Lemon writes on a variety of topics including race, ethnicity, culture, science, animal intelligence, African American history and culture, Native American history and culture, and current events. He is a Quaker, and a member of: the Brandywine Valley Writers Group, the Independent Writers Group, the Caribbean Genealogy Library, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Dr. Lemon is presently at work on the sequel to Go Stand Upon the Rock, part of which takes place in the Danish West Indies.
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And Sam Lemon is indeed a fine writer. His characters are well and deftly drawn, and his dialog is characterized by the spontaneity and naturalness of everyday speech. His descriptive writing is excellent as well, as is his flair for imagery and figurative language. The book is well paced, consistently engaging, and features a list of characters that win the reader's sympathy, affection, and respect almost from their first introduction.
The author includes several photographs and documents pertaining to the major characters--his own ancestors--as a sort of appendix at the end of the book. This establishes those characters once and for all in the reader's mind as real, flesh-and-blood people who actually lived the events that were related in the preceding chapters. They also serve as a welcome graphic supplement to the author's' epilogue.
I found "Go Stand Upon the Rock" to be an extraordinary story that is well told and consistently absorbing. I would recommend it most sincerely.
This extraordinary book was referred to members of our family by a family member on our Family Webpage. Upon her reccomendations that this was A Must Read for ALL family members because this was the story of our Ancestors, I had to have this book. When I started reading Go Stand Upon the Rock, I couldn not put it down, because I was born in Southampton county, Virginia and knew many of the places mentioned in the book. As I continued to read this book, I tried to visualized my ancestors living on these plantations as slaves, and the trials and tribulations they had to endure. My ancestor, Cornelius' walk to Freedom, and later, my other ancestors becoming Free, was so exhilarating for me, that I have challenged myself to make sure Every Family Member will have this Family Masterpiece. Therefore, this is my mission. Meeting the author (our family member, Sam Lemon) at our recent Family Reunion, and later having the priviledge to visit many of the places mentioned in the book with him, has just "Put The Icing On The Cake" for me.