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All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

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Publisher Comments:

All God's Dangers won the National Book Award in 1975.

"There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness. . . . Now there is another one, Nate Shaw's."—New York Times

"On a cold January morning in 1969, a young white graduate student from Massachusetts, stumbling along the dim trail of a long-defunct radical organization of the 1930s, the Alabama Sharecropper Union, heard that there was a survivor and went looking for him. In a rural settlement 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he found him—the man he calls Nate Shaw—a black man, 84 years old, in full possession of every moment of his life and every facet of its meaning. . . . Theodore Rosengarten, the student, had found a black Homer, bursting with his black Odyssey and able to tell it with awesome intellectual power, with passion, with the almost frightening power of memory in a man who could neither read nor write but who sensed that the substance of his own life, and a million other black lives like his, were the very fiber of the nation's history." —H. Jack Geiger, New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinarily rich and compelling . . . possesses the same luminous power we associate with Faulkner." —Robert Coles,Washington Post Book World

"Eloquent and revelatory. . . . This is an anthem to human endurance." —Studs Terkel, New Republic

"The authentic voice of a warm, brave, and decent individual. . . . A pleasure to read. . . . Shaw's observations on the life and people around him, clothed in wonderfully expressive language, are fresh and clear."—H.W. Bragdon, Christian Science Monitor

"Astonishing . . . Nate Shaw was a formidable bearer of memories. . . . Miraculously, this man's wrenching tale sings of life's pleasures: honest work, the rhythm of the seasons, the love of relatives and friends, the stubborn persistence of hope when it should have vanished . . . All God's Dangers is most valuable for its picture of pure courage."—Paul Grey, Time

"A triumph of ideas and historical content as well of expression and style."—Randall Jarrell, Harvard Educational Review

"Tremendous . . . a testimony of human nobility . . . the record of a heroic man with a phenomenal memory and a life experience of a kind of seldom set down in print. . . . a person of extraordinary stature, industrious, brave, prudent, and magnanimous. . . . One emerges from these hundred of pages wiser, sadder, and better because of them. A unique triumph!"—Alfred C. Ames, Chicago Tribune Book World

"Awesome and powerful . . . A living history of nearly a century of cataclysmic change in the life of the Southerner, both black and white . . . Nate Shaw spans our history from slavery to Selma, and he can evoke each age with an accuracy and poignancy so pure that we stand amazed."—Baltimore Sun

Book News Annotation:

This autobiography of an illiterate black tenant farmer was begun in 1969, when Rosengarten and another student researching the Alabama Sharecroppers Union discovered the 84-year-old man he calls Nate Shaw. A compelling storyteller, Shaw describes his youth, life as a tenant farmer, his involvement with the Alabama Sharecroppers Union, and the 12 years he spent in prison for standing up to Alabama deputies.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

PrefaceYouthDeedsPrisonRevelationAppendix Index

Table of Contents

Preface

Youth

Deeds

Prison

Revelation

Appendix

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226727745
Author:
Rosengarten, Theodore
Author:
Shaw, Nate
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Regional Subjects - South
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Sharecropping.
Subject:
Sharecroppers.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans - Alabama
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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