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Dear Senator by Essie Mae Washington-Williams
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I really enjoyed reading this book for the insights it offers into the complex role of race and relationships in the United States. This touching memoir humanizes Strom Thurmond, the man who ran for President against Harry Truman with the Dixiecrats against civil rights. But more importantly, Williams offers great inspiration in her own account of growing up and overcoming her circumstances as the secret daughter of one the South's most significant contemporary leaders. More intriguing is the growth of the relationship between Strom Thurmond and his secret daughter, and her struggle as she comes to terms with her identity.

MM August 2, 2007
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