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Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored: Tie In Edition

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"A bittersweet story about love, community, and family—and the difference they made in the life of one young man."—The New York Times Book Review.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Penguin Books (first published 1991)
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Jennifer Conrad
I had higher hopes for this book. I picked it up, thinking that I might be able to use pieces of it when I teach The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 in my Children's Lit classes. Unfortunately, I don't think many of my students would stay interested as they read.

The bulk of the book is made up of snippets of Taulbert's memories of growing up in Glen Allen, MS. The book deals more with community, family, and education than it does with segregation in the south. I was expecting stories that explici
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Sarah T.
This is the first book I have ever started and finished in the same day. The writing style is so conversational, it just flows so well. Taulbert is a great story teller!

From his introduction, I thought it was interesting how he wanted to write down his childhood stories to show his children that pre-integration, there were good times and good memories to be had. I thought it was interesting how he said that there were lessons and values that he thinks the African American community is starting
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Mike
I read this for school. Since I like almost nothing that I read for school (including book reports which I get to pick out for myself), I didn't expect much. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a really interesting look at how life was from the 1950's from someone who actually lived it, instead of a history book only showing the important events. But that's all it was. I feel like the author expected us to find this entertaining as well, and at that, it utterly failed. The event ...more
Yvonne
Great book, I could really visualize each character in this book as someone in my family. It was real to me.
Hayun
Here is a soulful history of men and women who tried to make sense of a world that was frustrating in its change and stillness. Taulbert pays homage to his African American roots that run deep, and reminds the reader that although evil and unnecessary, segregation did create a unique African American culture that was lost after integration. This is a celebration of Americans who worked in the fields and raised children on dreams. With jocular honesty, deserved pride, and subtle brilliance, Taulb ...more
Deven Black
Clifton Taulbert aims to give a realistic picture of what life was like for rural Blacks during the late 1940s to mid1960s by telling the story of his childhood and adolescence. While I have no doubt that the book accurately reflects Mr. Taulbert's memories, his writing is so tedious that I was ultimately disappointed and disinterested. Whether describing the hard job of picking cotton or the excitement of a traveling minstrel show, the language has the same languid and moderate tone.
Cheri
Sweet telling of a "colored" boy's childhood growing up in a small Southern town surrounded by family, community & love. The reality of racial segregation is woven into warm tales of the simple pleasures & life lessons gleamed from his hard working, mostly unschooled neighbors in rural Glen Allen, Mississippi. A short, poignant read brimming with promise.
Lydia Nixon
I love this book. Having had the chance to meet Clifton Tolbert and have him discuss the book, his writing process, and the stories he included only made me love it more! Knowing that there are actual people associated with his writing gives it a personal element that I love!
Tucker
A sweet little memoir of boyhood told in vignettes. Paints a vivid picture of a small-town agricultural community, focusing on interracial relations.
Gayle
This was our book club selection -- it was an interesting memoir about growing up in the black community of a small Mississippi town in the 1950's.
Maverick
It is a quick read that many readers will enjoy. This is a nice story which shows the African American culture through the eyes of child.
Deanna
This book is about Glen Allen, Mississippi...the town that my mom's father is from. One of my family even appears in there! :o)
Rick
A memoir which surprised me--extremely compelling
Kiara
Liked it... it was an average kind of good
LeAnn
Apr 26, 2007 LeAnn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
a must-read for people in America
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