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Displaying Posts Tagged: history


Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a distinctive and acclaimed new voice in fiction. Her new novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is the latest Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. Beginning in the 1920s in Georgia, it tells the story of the Great Migration of African Americans through the trials and triumphs of one very remarkable, unforgettable family. Hattie Shepherd is 15 when she flees Georgia for a new life in Philadelphia. What she finds is a disappointing marriage and children she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Captured in twelve luminous threads, their onrushing lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. It is a powerful, beautiful story you will treasure, and we were pleased to be able to host this young author at the First Baptist Church Decatur on March 21st, 2013.


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Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and one of America’s most distinguished historians of early America.  He joined us on November 9, 2009 to discuss his new book, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. It’s the latest in the acclaimed “Oxford History of the United States” series that aims to take a definitive look at what we know about the first quarter-century of our nation’s history under the Constitution. Critics are calling it “a triumph of the historian’s art.”


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Wil Haygood Discusses Sugar Ray Robinson

Wil Haygood is the author of a riveting new biography, Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, one of the greatest boxers in history. Haygood’s book is “a biography worthy of a great athlete and an important social force,” vividly detailing the often controversial life in and out of the ring of the legendary Sugar Ray, who was born in rural Georgia. His story weaves in some of the major figures in 20th century American history, including Langston Hughes, Miles Davis and Lena Horne. Haygood previously has written acclaimed biographies of Adam Clayton Powell and Sammy Davis, Jr.


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Doug Egerton

Doug Egerton, professor of history at LeMoyne College, offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history in his book Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. Stretching from Britain’s victory in the Seven Years’ War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800, Edgerton shows the scope to which slavery was woven into American daily life. Egerton highlights the will and determination of slaves, freed blacks and white reformers through the narrative and compelling portraits of their lives. A rich and comprehensive history that should not be missed!


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