Proud shoes: the story of an American family
Originally published in 1956, Pauli Murray tells the story of her grandparents, delving into the realities of slavery, survival, and miscegenation in the pre-Civil War/Reconstruction era in the South.
"A significant contribution to our understanding of the black experience in America. . . . Fascinating."
— Publishers Weekly
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