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Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice

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Born in 1901, Louise Thompson Patterson was a leading and transformative figure in radical African American politics. Throughout most of the twentieth century she embodied a dedicated resistance to racial, economic, and gender exploitation. In this, the first biography of Patterson, Keith Gilyard tells her compelling story, from her childhood on the West Coast, where she s ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Duke University Press Books
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Carly
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Organizing is a fine art. I have worked at it all of my adult life."
Before picking up this book, I had never heard of Louise Thompson Patterson. Which is a shame, because she was an incredibly fascinating woman who influenced the movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance, the American Communist party, and the Civil Rights movement. Louise's story is an unlikely and amazing one, from her eclectic, peripatetic childhood, her tempestuous first marriage, to her struggles with her ability to "pas
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Anna
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The time between the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement was interesting - this book taught me that. As an activist during that time period, Louise Thompson Patterson lead the way for future generations of activists and encouraged them to do the important work they lead in the 1960's and 70's. I honestly knew very little about the individuals and work involved in that time period until I read this book. This new understanding has changed my perspective of America in the early part o ...more
BMR, LCSW
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't remember how I found out about this book. It was either on the New Releases table at the library, or it was a source reference in a bibliography. However it landed on my radar, I am so grateful it did.

The scholarship on key players in the civil rights and labor rights movements has not given proper coverage to the women in the movements. The story of Louise Thompson Patterson shared here puts another piece of the puzzle in place, allowing us to get a fuller picture of the struggles for (
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Alice Vachss
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good biography and Keith Gilyard is brilliant at it. His writing voice is natural, clear, and compelling and his research is impeccable. But what makes this book stand out most is the respect it shows its subject. Louise Thompson Patterson fought with her whole being and her entire life for what she believed in. I don't share many of those beliefs. But Gilyard takes us past politics to allow us to see her as the hero she truly was. He has the ability to honor all struggles for justice, ...more
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