African-American Stories of Triumph Over Adversity: Joy Cometh in the Morning / Edition 1

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Overview

African-American Stories of Triumph Over Adversity is about ordinary people, born into poverty, violence and abuse, who have forged a path through the dense forest of life. Along the way, they learned to build upon their experiences to create a better way of life for themselves. Their voices are at once personal and political for they speak about the impact of the experience of family, school and community on their emerging self, as well as the psycho-social turmoil created living in a society where the color of one's skin defines one's place in the social order. These are stories of triumph of the human spirit. They are stories of faith, hope, love, strong-will and determination. As one storyteller found, if a person can take the worst thing that could happen to them in life and see that as an event and not their entire life, success will always be on the horizon.

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An ethnographic study in which themes were extracted from the oral histories of 16 African-Americans using ideas utilized by the phenomenologist Herbert Spiegelberg. The seven oral histories which are presented in their entirety offer considerable insight into the relationship between an individual's interpretation of social reality and their ability to conquer adversity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895057
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALDINE COLEMAN is Associate Principal of Hillcrest High School, as well as a college adult education instructor, in Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Metamorphosis 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Long Journey Home: Kangi's Story 11
3 Still on High Ground: Joyce's Story 33
4 The Truth Shall Set You Free: Steve's Story 47
5 A Place to Call Home: Juanita's Story 61
6 The Silent Roar of the Lion: Gregory's Story 69
7 No Restrictions, No Convictions: Carole's Story 87
8 Refuge from the Storm: Edward's Story 99
Pt. II Recurring Themes 113
9 On Solid Ground I Stand: Family Roots 115
10 It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Support System 127
11 Light a Candle and Curse the Darkness: Resistance 151
12 Faith Can Move Mountains: Spirituality 159
13 Summary, Conclusions and Implications 165
Bibliography 175
Index 181
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