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Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Beautifully told story.

    I wish this was required reading in school. Our children have no idea how people lived back when the author was growing up. A wonderful history lesson.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Compelling Read

    Although the literary style does not reach the highest peaks, the story, as it is told, is incredibly compelling. As a northern, fair-skinned, black woman, Strom Thurmond represented, to me, all the evil that the South had to offer... until I read this book. It helped me to understand the lifestyle of the South, why my fair-skinned, blue-eyed grandmother insisted I continue to pursue my education, and how a young, 'black' woman could love a secret father like Strom Thurmond. More Black Americans need to embrace the idea of taking advantage of and furthering their education and making the most of the suffering of our ancestors. In many ways, we are all composed of the 'melting pot' heritage that this country supposedly represents. Essie Mae Washington-Williams represents the strength of the Black American woman while also showing respect to her white ancestors, her elders and to God. Her pride in her heritage, on both sides of her family, was found only by digging deeply enough to know her father in the only way she could. May we learn to stand up as Black Americans and make the most of our American heritage.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    A touching memoir

    I enjoyed reading this memoir greatly. The historical references made it feel as if I was enjoying a rich and wonderful story by a campfire told by my older relatives. I enjoyed this book, because of its candid feel. I fully expected to hate Strom Thurmond, but instead I came to pity him. Essie May did not write a politically correct autobiography. She wrote what she felt. With all my grandparents deceased and never having been able to hear their wonderful stories of life, this book is heartfelt and generous in the telling of the story of Mrs. Washington-William's life. I envy her descendents, she has left a legacy for them to share and cherish with themselves and the world. I only wish that I had had an opportunity to hear my Grand-Parents lives from them, as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    wow!!!! powerfull

    relationships , has no color , life , no matter what color your mother or father. life is a wonderful thing. wow ! what an untold love story. i can't wait to read the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    romance?

    I wonder what sort of romance would have occurred in Jim Crow's S.Carolina between a 23 yr old massah and 15year old black maid. Could it have been rape?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Great, Heartbreaking American Story

    Credit Essie Mae Washington with the class and disgnity not to emerge from the shadows during her father's lifetime and cause him grief in his political career. But credit her more for enduring the isolation, rejection and lies that the American apartheid system, so ably defended by her father, caused her.To her immense credit, nothing seemed to stand in the way of her getting ahead in life and making a proper life for herself and her family, which she so capably did. This story is just heartwrenching, told without bitterness or cant - wish our whole system of race relations were so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    ECLECTIC ECSTASY!!!!

    This is one of the best books, that I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. It will absorb your soul and senses, in a way that a scrumptious piece of chocolate will do. DeFacto... having an ORGASM on the written word.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Everyone is someone's family

    I really feel sorry for this woman. That's all, just pity. I cannot comprehend how awful it must have been to be denied by your own father in public, I cannot judge her for keeping this secret, it would be a tough decision to make. So, I can accept that she will always love the father that never showed love to her, not in public anyway. But, to me, Thurmond will always be a total redneck bigot. If he truly ever had a change of heart, this would not have gone to the grave.--- Redneck-n.- a white man who will sleep with a black woman, but won't go to school with her-- Shame on you South Carolina, you knew better, but you voted for him anyway.

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