Black Politics and the Memphis Freedom Movement, 1865--1954
Author: Elizabeth Gritter
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Social Science
One of the largest southern cities and a hub for the cotton industry, Memphis, Tennessee, was at the forefront of black political empowerment during the Jim Crow era. Compared to other cities in the South, Memphis had an unusually large number of African American voters. Black Memphians sought reform at the ballot box, formed clubs, ran for office, and engaged in voter registration and education activities from the end of the Civil War through the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. In this groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Gritter examines how and why black Memphians mobilized politically in the period between Reconstruction and the beginning of the civil rights movement. Gritter illuminates, in particular, the efforts and influence of Robert R. Church Jr., an affluent Republican and founder of the Lincoln League, and the notorious Memphis political boss Edward H. Crump. Using these two men as lenses through which to view African American political engagement, this volume explores how black voters and their leaders both worked with and opposed the white political machine at the ballot box. River of Hope challenges persisting notions of a "Solid South" of white Democratic control by arguing that the small but significant number of black southerners who retained the right to vote had more influence than scholars have heretofore assumed. Gritter's nuanced study presents a fascinating view of the complex nature of political power during the Jim Crow era and provides fresh insight into the efforts of the individuals who laid the foundation for civil rights victories in the 1950s and '60s.
Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands
Author: Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez
Publisher: Duke University Press
In River of Hope, Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez examines state formation, cultural change, and the construction of identity in the lower Rio Grande region during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He chronicles a history of violence resulting from multiple conquests, of resistance and accommodation to state power, and of changing ethnic and political identities. The redrawing of borders neither began nor ended the region's long history of unequal power relations. Nor did it lead residents to adopt singular colonial or national identities. Instead, their regionalism, transnational cultural practices, and kinship ties subverted state attempts to control and divide the population. Diverse influences transformed the borderlands as Spain, Mexico, and the United States competed for control of the region. Indian slaves joined Spanish society; Mexicans allied with Indians to defend river communities; Anglo Americans and Mexicans intermarried and collaborated; and women sued to confront spousal abuse and to secure divorces. Drawn into multiple conflicts along the border, Mexican nationals and Mexican Texans (tejanos) took advantage of their transnational social relations and ambiguous citizenship to escape criminal prosecution, secure political refuge, and obtain economic opportunities. To confront the racialization of their cultural practices and their increasing criminalization, tejanos claimed citizenship rights within the United States and, in the process, created a new identity. Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.
My Journey with Kathy in Search of Healing from Lou Gehrig's Disease
Author: David L. Tank
Publisher: Planert Creek Press
Category: Alternative medicine
This true story chronicles the frustrations and joys of Kathy Tank as she fought to beat Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), which she referred to as "this monster within me." Told from the perspective of her husband, River of Hope reveals how the medical establishment failed Kathy at nearly every step of the way, and how she discovered a sense of hope, and met some wonderful, caring people, when she stepped outside of the established medical system. This story of Kathy's determination to beat a disease the "experts" told her was unbeatable, is both inspiring and tragic, hopeful and heartbreaking. River of Hope is a rare and intimate look into a mysterious disease that, unfortunately, is no longer quite so rare and may not be as mysterious as we thought. It is an excellent book for anyone who cares about his or her health.
One of a series of readers for African students which aims to help them to develop an awareness and a love of language, and consists of stories from all over Africa. In this story John and Lomile find themselves in danger after seeing a fish in a river so polluted that no fish could live in it.
A River of Tears The River of Hope centers on the saga of the Two Torah Scrolls, and of an fluent and thriving community living peacefully for 2600 years until World War II and the events of Nazism, anti-Semitism and hatred took place in the ancient region known as the Cradle of Civilization, or modern days Iraq. The creation of Iraq by the British installed an unsuccessful attempt at Monarchy. The results were staggering and ultimately ended in the displacement of an entire community to Israel and the first settlement of the community in this newly created State. A River of Tears The River of Hope follows the enchanting and fascinating Murad family. The Murad family brought to Israel a proud heritage to share with the world including the two Torah Scrolls of their beloved father and grandfather, Rabbi Ezra Murad. Rabbi Murads two Torah Scrolls traveled with the family to Israel, where he was rightfully recognized as an important and impactful role models. His name shined within the community in Baghdad, and his memory and the valuable Two Torah Scrolls continued to stand out in Israel. While settling in Israel the Murad family showed us the most valuable elements of hope, drive, and determination as they continued to thrive in Israel and Canada. They continued to believe in their abilities to succeed. Indeed, as their lives changed and they relocated, the Murad family always maintained focus and the belief in their ability to survive and flourish. A River of Tears The River of Hope will welcome readers into the history of the Murad family and their amazing journey from a world filled with oppression and tyranny, to one supported by acceptance and support.
Pak Tu-jin is one of Korea?s most revered and influential modern poets. This Pak Tu-jin helped free modern Korean literature in the 1940s from its preoccupation with decadence and fashionable literary trends, finding a new voice rooted in nature and Korean traditions. Pak also represents Christian faith and original philosophical reflection in the development of modern Korean culture and he writes poignantly of his own spiritual struggles. He stood courageously, and at great cost, for freedom and human rights during the long years of military dictatorship in recent Korean history, and the strength of his convictions brings vitality and power to his works.Pak?s aesthetic is distinctly Korean while his voice echoes legends and traditions from aspects of many Western and other Asian cultures. His poems of social comment and protest draw the reader into a turmoil of malevolent political and cultural conflict ? contraposed by his love poems and lyric verses where his great heart exults in the sheer joy of life. His poetry illuminates the themes forming modern Korean consciousness and the hearts of the ordinary people engaged in the extraordinary struggles and relationships of Korean life.
During my time in health care (~47 years), I saw much in the way of suffering and adversity. In line with that, I often hear the question “why do Christians suffer?” When I or my family met with adversity, my resource was always God and the Bible. I have read several books on the subject and it just seemed to me “they” were leaving out much of what the Bible has to say about suffering and adversity. Through much prayer and after several years, I have a book which I believe will help answer the question of why Christians suffer and it is basically a step by step Biblical approach to help deal with suffering and adversity. It covers the subjects of “Who is God”, “Who is Jesus”, and why does it matter ... on to the subject of prayer and a need for an open, accepting heart.