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All God's Dangers

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All God's Dangers

The Life of Nate Shaw

By Theodore Rosengarten

University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226727745, 600pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2000

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"All God's Dangers" won the National Book Award in 1975.
"On a cold January morning in 1969, a young white graduate student from Massachusetts, stumbling along the dim trail of a long-defunct radical organization of the 1930s, the Alabama Sharecropper Union, heard that there was a survivor and went looking for him. In a rural settlement 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he found himthe man he calls Nate Shawa black man, 84 years old, in full possession of every moment of his life and every facet of its meaning. . . . Theodore Rosengarten, the student, had found a black Homer, bursting with his black Odyssey and able to tell it with awesome intellectual power, with passion, with the almost frightening power of memory in a man who could neither read nor write but who sensed that the substance of his own life, and a million other black lives like his, were the very fiber of the nation's history." H. Jack Geiger, "New York Times Book Review"
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