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All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw
     

All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

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by Theodore Rosengarten
 

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Nate Shaw's father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison. This triumphant

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Nate Shaw's father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison. This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plain-spoken story of an "over-average" man who witnessed wrenching changes in the lives of Southern black people — and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness…Now there is another one, Nate Shaw's.
Charles McGrath
....Shaw's rich language and high storytelling style make this an eloquent book. -- The New York Times Books of the Century
New York Times - Dwight Garner
“Somewhere along the line, people stopped talking about it. Friends of mine who talk about nothing except Southern literature have barely heard of the book. I pounced on it after I discovered that Richard Howorth, the well-read owner of Square Books, the independent bookstore in Oxford, Miss., utters its title aloud every time a customer asks the question, 'What one book would you say best explains the South?' I wish I could say that, this early spring, I read All God’s Dangers in one sitting. It’s not that kind of book. It’s a meandering thing; its pleasures are intense but cumulative. This book rolls. But it is superb—both serious history and a serious pleasure, a story that reads as if Huddie Ledbetter spoke it while W. E. B. Du Bois took dictation. That it’s been largely forgotten is bad for it, but worse for us. . . . All God’s Dangers  . . . deserves a place in the front rank of American autobiographies. There are many reasons, in 2014, to attend to Ned Cobb’s [Nate Shaw’s] story.”
New York Times
“There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness. . . . Now there is another one, Nate Shaw’s.”
Washington Post Book World - Robert Coles
“Extraordinarily rich and compelling . . . possesses the same luminous power we associate with Faulkner.”
New Republic - Studs Terkel
“Eloquent and revelatory. . . . This is an anthem to human endurance.”
Christian Science Monitor - H.W. Bragdon
“The authentic voice of a warm, brave, and decent individual. . . . A pleasure to read. . . . Shaw’s observations on the life and people around him, clothed in wonderfully expressive language, are fresh and clear.”
Time - Paul Grey
“Astonishing . . . Nate Shaw was a formidable bearer of memories. . . . Miraculously, this man’s wrenching tale sings of life’s pleasures: honest work, the rhythm of the seasons, the love of relatives and friends, the stubborn persistence of hope when it should have vanished . . . All God’s Dangers is most valuable for its picture of pure courage.”
Harvard Educational Review - Randall Jarrell
“A triumph of ideas and historical content as well of expression and style.”
Chicago Tribune Book World - Alfred C. Ames
“Tremendous . . . a testimony of human nobility . . . the record of a heroic man with a phenomenal memory and a life experience of a kind of seldom set down in print. . . . a person of extraordinary stature, industrious, brave, prudent, and magnanimous. . . . One emerges from these hundred of pages wiser, sadder, and better because of them. A unique triumph!”
Baltimore Sun
“Awesome and powerful . . . A living history of nearly a century of cataclysmic change in the life of the Southerner, both black and white . . . Nate Shaw spans our history from slavery to Selma, and he can evoke each age with an accuracy and poignancy so pure that we stand amazed.”
From the Publisher
"There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness. . . . Now there is another one, Nate Shaw's." ---The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394722450
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/12/1984
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
575

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Meet the Author

Theodore Rosengarten is an American historian. Along with All God's Dangers, which won a National Book Award for contemporary affairs, Theodore has authored Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter. He is a professor of history at the College of Charleston and currently resides in South Carolina.

Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

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All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dleet18 More than 1 year ago
I'm about half way through, but wanted to write that this is a truly exceptional oral history from an Alabama share cropper. Highly recommended reading.