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

chapter one What Ive Done HereIntroductory Remarks
3
chapter two How Did I End Up Here?
8
chapter three Home
19
chapter four Old Folks
32
chapter five S R Primroseand Good Religion
40
chapter six Fort Worth In Town
49
chapter seven Fort Worth Moving West
57
chapter eight Cody Wyoming Becoming Westerners
68
chapter ten To the Blue Pacific San Francisco
109
chapter eleven From the Golden Gate to the Monterey Bay Powerful Infl uences
127
chapter twelve In the West
150
appendix
175
Notes
179
Bibliography
183
Index
185
Copyright

chapter nine 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.