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The Resource At the elbows of my elders : one family's journey toward civil rights, Gail Milissa Grant

At the elbows of my elders : one family's journey toward civil rights, Gail Milissa Grant

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At the elbows of my elders : one family's journey toward civil rights
Title
At the elbows of my elders
Title remainder
one family's journey toward civil rights
Statement of responsibility
Gail Milissa Grant
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Language
eng
Summary
"While America is familiar with the modern civil rights movement begun in the 1950s, little has been published about black families throughout the country who had been fighting segregation in their local communities for decades. Their everyday battles (both individual and institutional) built the foundation for the more publicized crusade to follow. In this memoir, Gail Milissa Grant draws back the curtain on those times and presents touching vignettes of a life most Americans know nothing about. She recounts the battles fought by her father, David M. Grant, a lawyer and civil rights activist in St. Louis, and describes the challenges she faced in navigating her way through institutions marked by racial prejudice. The book also illuminates the culture of middle-class black families in those difficult times. Grant details how her family built a prosperous life through the operation of a funeral home, the practice of chiropody (podiatry), and work on the railroad and on pleasure boats that plied the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. During the 1950s the Grant family home on the south side of St. Louis provided a refuge for many celebrated African American entertainers and political leaders who were refused accommodations by the major hotels. The Grant home was notable because it was located in a predominantly white neighborhood. St. Louis was still in the grips of Jim Crow laws, which divided blacks from whites{u2014}in schooling, housing, and most public facilities. The black community chafed under these conditions, but it also built its own institutions while fighting against the restrictions that barred blacks from full participation in society. It is the tension between what they could and could not do for themselves that energizes this memoir. The Grant family is emblematic of many black middle-class and blue-collar people who, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century, went to school, paid their dues, and forced America to face its prejudices. Through one act of courage after another, they set in motion a social movement without end."--Publishers website
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1949-
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Grant, Gail Milissa
Dewey number
  • 977.8/6600496073
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F474.S29
LC item number
N435 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Grant, Gail Milissa
  • African Americans
  • African American families
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • United States
Label
At the elbows of my elders : one family's journey toward civil rights, Gail Milissa Grant
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-247) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
227919834
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 251 pages
Isbn
9781883982669
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008024219
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)227919834
Label
At the elbows of my elders : one family's journey toward civil rights, Gail Milissa Grant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
227919834
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 251 pages
Isbn
9781883982669
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008024219
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)227919834

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