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The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family's Fight for Civil Rights

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These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighbor ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Zondervan (first published August 21st 2012)
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Naomi
I have to be totally honest. When I first started this book, I almost put it down and let the publisher know that I would not be reviewing it. The first, approximately, 75 pages of the book were written with such a disconnect and a "just the facts, maam" style that I had to go back and double check that it was written by the daughters. The one daughter is an attorney, so it kind of explained it to me. Most books that I have read written by attorneys have that "concise" manner of writing to them. ...more
Nandi Crawford
As I expressed earlier, why hasn't this great man's story been told sooner? this man was dynamic!! For a while in the late 30s as well as 40s, this man was the ONLY African American lawyer in the whole state of Alabama!! not only that, he did legwork for the NAACP during that time as well, plus was involved in the case of Autherine Lucy in her attempt to enter the University of Alabama in 1956, as well as Vivian Malone and James Hood to the same school in 1963, and was an eyewitness to George Wa ...more
Michelle
I had the privilege of meting Judge Lee and Ms. Shores when they attended my book group to discuss The Gentle Giant. The sisters are much like this book -- smart, humorous, honest, and endearing. The Gentle Giant is a collection of the sisters' memories of their childhood and young adulthood in Birmingham, Alabama and especially of their father, who put himself (and therefore his family) in danger every day fighting for justice. Whether it's a story of playing horsey with a respected and importa ...more
Laura
This is one of the best books that I have read about the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham in the 1960s. It was well written and very readable. I learned many things that I didn't know.
Gwen
Very slow in the beginning, but just like a locomotive picked up steam and kept me spellbound. Good historical account of a man who changed our lives.
Debra Goldstein
A an inside view of Birmingham history
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