On the Move: A Black Family's Western Saga

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Texas A&M University Press, Feb 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 195 pages
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In distinctive, engaging prose, S. R. Martin Jr. crafts the story of his forebears and their westward journey, begun even before the great black migration that occurred around the two world wars.

By narrating the struggles and triumphs of his family—both paternal and maternal—during their move west, he illuminates an under-studied facet of African American history. As Martin explains it, he and his brother “arrived on the scene at the confluence of these family streams in time to catch a ride to the shining sea.”

Students, scholars, and interested general readers of modern African American history and sociology will be greatly rewarded by reading this warm and vivid personal and family memoir.
 
 

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Contents

What Ive Done Here Introductory Remarks
3
How Did I End Up Here?
8
Home
19
Old Folks
32
S R Primrose and Good Religion
40
Fort Worth In Town
49
On the Move
55
Fort Worth Moving West
57
To the Blue Pacific San Francisco
109
Home
125
From the Golden Gate to the Monterey Bay Powerful Influences
127
In the West
150
Toward a Genealogy
175
Notes
179
Bibliography
183
Index
185

Cody Wyoming Becoming Westerners
68
Billings Montana Escape from Cody
91

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About the author (2009)

S. R. MARTIN JR. retired from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1997 after a distinguished career as teacher, scholar, and administrator of the school. His essays, reviews and stories have been published in the Seattle Review, Journal of Western African American Culture, and Obsidian II. His Ph.D. in American Studies is from Washington State University.