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The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir

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At an event honoring Daisy Bates as 1990's Distinguished Citizen then-governor Bill Clinton called her "the most distinguished Arkansas citizen of all time." Her classic account of the 1957 Little Rock School Crisis, The Long Shadow of Little Rock, couldn't be found on most bookstore shelves in 1962 and was banned throughout the South. In 1988, after the University of Arka ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1987 by University of Arkansas Press
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Sam
Jan 29, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
This was an eye-opening book for me. I hope to read more about this subject. I am proud though that my Dad was one of the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division who were sent to Little Rock to protect Little Rock Nine.
Katie
Really admire Daisy Bates for her courageous life and her contribution to civil rights progress in the early part of the movement. Her story as recounted in this book is compelling if a bit precious in parts. An incredible story nonetheless.
Ms. A.
Aug 28, 2010 Ms. A. rated it it was amazing
"How long? How long?" Daisy Bates questions. How long will racial inequality last in the United States? Mrs. Bates has since passed, but in 2012 evidence that this country still has miles to go remains.
This story of the Little Rock Nine compliments other memoirs, notably that of Melba Patillo Beals, and is told from the perspective of an adult woman experiencing the persecution of the forced integration of Central High School.
I really enjoyed the explanation of each student as well as the unabas
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Cheri
I was reading this as background research for a graduate school paper, and kept getting sucked in by the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone studying the Brown v. Board decision, the Little Rock crisis, or just the Civil Rights movement or the NAACP in the 1950s. She tells the story with an excellent narrative voice and I was constantly left short of breath, thick tears in my throat. I think it made it all the stronger for me that I read it right after I read Virgil Blossom's ...more
Nandi Crawford
I read this years ago and really enjoyed it. Because of an upcoming event at my local library, I got a digital copy of her book and now it's in my hands. What kind of crushed me is her way of watching that man who had a hand in killing her mother. That was compelling. I liked to feel that God put them on the path of each other for a reason. So this man can see what he's caused, and she can face her mother's killer. But finding out about that did something inside her that just turned ugly for her ...more
marty
Oct 02, 2007 marty rated it it was ok
really dissapointed to give this only 2 stars. i love daisy bates and her story, but this book is just not written very well. i would still say it is one of my favorite books, but purely b/c of my admiration for her.
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Everyone should read this memoir and then think hard about racism in today's world.
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Another fascinating look at what happened during the 1957 Little Rock high school integration.
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An easy to read format about a subject that wasn't all that pleasant to read about. It's hard to believe the events described herein actually occurred in America just over half a century ago. For that reason, and others too, I would definitely recommend this book.
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Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957.

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