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Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond

ISBN-10: 0060761423
ISBN-13: 9780060761424
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Description: Breaking nearly eight decades of silence, Essie Mae WashingtonWilliams comes forward with a story of unique historical magnitude and incredible human drama. Her father, the late Strom Thurmond, was once the nation's leading voice for racial  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Breaking nearly eight decades of silence, Essie Mae WashingtonWilliams comes forward with a story of unique historical magnitude and incredible human drama. Her father, the late Strom Thurmond, was once the nation's leading voice for racial segregation (one of his signature political achievements was his 24hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, done in the name of saving the South from "mongrelization"). Her mother, however, was a black teenager named Carrie Butler who worked as a maid on the Thurmond family's South Carolina plantation. Set against the explosively changing times of the civil rights movement, this poignant memoir recalls how she struggled with the discrepancy between the father she knewone who was financially generous, supportive of her education, even affectionateand the Old Southern politician, railing against greater racial equality, who refused to acknowledge her publicly. From her richly told narrative, as well as the letters she and Thurmond wrote to each other over the years, emerges a nuanced, fascinating portrait of a father who counseled his daughter about her dreams and goals, and supported her in reaching thembut who was unwilling to break with the values of his Dixiecrat constituents. With elegance, dignity, and candor, WashingtonWilliams gives us a chapter of American history as it has never been written beforetold in a voice that will be heard and cherished by future generations.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams worked as a teacher in the Los Angeles school district for twenty-seven years. The mother of four children, grandmother of thirteen, and great-grandmother of four, she lives in Los Angeles.

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