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The Road South: A Memoir
As a five-year-old in Home-wood, Alabama, Shelley Stewart watched his father kill his mother with an axe. Two years later, Stewart escaped the care of abusive relatives, making a living as a stable hand. A stint in the army led to electroshock treatments for trying to integrate whites-only dances. But despite numerous setbacks, he never gave up his will to succeed. Eventua ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2002 by Grand Central Publishing
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Feb 04, 2008 Ellis rated it it was amazing
Stuart Shelly had the worst youth that I have ever heard of. His abusive drunk father killed his mother when he was about 4. He was fed rat by his father and stepmother. He was abused in every way by his aunt. Etc, etc, etc.... This would have been very depressing, but Shelly seemed to be such a gifted person that there always seemed to be hope for him to overcome his situation. In the end, he did just that. Throughout his influential life, Shelly did what he could to help in the civil rights mo ...more