By Theodore Rosengarten
Nate Shaw's father used to be born lower than slavery. Nate Shaw used to be born right into a bondage that was once just a little gentler. on the age of 9, he used to be deciding upon cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. on the age of forty-seven, he confronted down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance rate him twelve years in legal. This positive autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral recollections, is the plain-spoken tale of an "over-average" guy who witnessed wrenching alterations within the lives of Southern black humans -- and whose unassuming braveness helped deliver these alterations about.
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Miss Burke didn’t believe him until the radio conﬁrmed that Pearl Harbor was on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Mom and I were nearly hysterical, worrying that Dad’s ship might have been at Pearl Harbor. It was a relief when the announcer ﬁnally said that hundreds of ships were destroyed or damaged, but none of them were aircraft carriers. Mom grabbed me and hugged me, and we both laughed. It was terrible of us, but we were momentarily so happy — one thing we know for sure is that Dad is on an aircraft carrier.
I said. I felt a little foolish. But Theo didn’t act like I was a dope. The fact is, Theo always treats me with respect, like I’m his equal, actually, and not just a kid. JANUARY 15, 1942 Dear Diary, Today, in the library at school, I saw a photograph in Newsweek that made me gasp. It was a photo of six servicemen on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Paciﬁc. Though the men were in dark silhouette, one of them looked just like Dad! He was leaning against the ship railing exactly the same way Dad is in the photo beside my bed.
He told us to be brave and do all we can to help the country. We must preserve our freedom at all costs. He said, “Doodlebug, take good care of Mom and yourself. Give thanks each day that you are an American. ” I’m aching to do something for the war effort. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 39 so bad, I feel crazy. Right now I’d do anything for Dad and for America. DECEMBER 18, 1941 Dear Diary, In the girls’ room before class, all Maxine could talk about was the dress her mother is making for her to wear to the women’s auxiliary Christmas dance.