One Blood The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew

ISBN-10: 0807846821

ISBN-13: 9780807846827

Edition: 2nd 1997

Authors: Spencie Love

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One Blood traces both the life of the famous black surgeon and blood plasma pioneer Dr. Charles Drew and the well-known legend about his death. On April 1, 1950, Drew died after an auto accident in rural North Carolina. Within hours, rumors spread: the man who helped create the first American Red Cross blood bank had bled to death because a whites-only hospital refused to treat him. Drew was in fact treated in the emergency room of the small, segregated Alamance General Hospital. Two white surgeons worked hard to save him, but he died after about an hour. In her compelling chronicle of Drew's life and death, Spencie Love shows that in a generic sense, the Drew legend is true: throughout the segregated era, African Americans were turned away at hospital doors, either because the hospitals were whites-only or because the 'black beds' were full. Love describes the fate of a young black World War II veteran who died after being turned away from Duke Hospital following an auto accident that occurred in the same year and the same county as Drew's. African Americans are shown to have figuratively 'bled to death' at white hands from the time they were first brought to this country as slaves. By preserving their own stories, Love says, they have proven the enduring value of oral history.
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/17/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Contents
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: A Tragedy Compounded by a Myth
Death and Resurrection
Charlie Drew Is Dead
They Wouldn't Treat Him
That Black Man Who Bled to Death
The Life and Times of Charles R. Drew
Bright New Steel
The Bloods of Different Races
The Group as a Whole
Dark Myths and Wretched Superstitions
The Death of an Invisible Man
Wasn't He Riding with Dr. Drew?
Conclusion: A Dark Stone of Enlightenment
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Sections of illustrations
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