All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

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Nate Shaw's father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison. This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plain-spoken story of an "over-average" man who witnessed wrenching changes in the lives of Southern black people -- and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

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read this book. slowly. then start reading it again. It is one of my all time favorites and is really good read aloud on a roadtrip. Read full review

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Theodore Rosengarten is an American historian. Along with "All God s Dangers", which won a National Book Award for contemporary affairs, Theodore has authored "Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter". He is a professor of history at the College of Charleston and currently resides in South Carolina.

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