Blessings From the Dust: Raising Seven Children for Success in the Poverty-Stricken Mining Camps of Southwest Virginia [NOOK Book]

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Thomas and Betty Jones grew up in the coal mining camps of southwest Virginia, a dusty, barren place where people had to work hard just to survive. Both their fathers were coal miners, as were many of the early African-American men who came to Wise County from the deep south beginning in the early 1920s. After their marriage they left the area, but fate soon brought them back. A series of difficult, but well thought out decisions led Betty to work underground in the mines for nearly 20 years and Thomas to give up...
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Blessings From the Dust: Raising Seven Children for Success in the Poverty-Stricken Mining Camps of Southwest Virginia

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Thomas and Betty Jones grew up in the coal mining camps of southwest Virginia, a dusty, barren place where people had to work hard just to survive. Both their fathers were coal miners, as were many of the early African-American men who came to Wise County from the deep south beginning in the early 1920s. After their marriage they left the area, but fate soon brought them back. A series of difficult, but well thought out decisions led Betty to work underground in the mines for nearly 20 years and Thomas to give up a promising broadcasting career to be a full-time father. They also decided to raise their seven children in the same place they were raised, but in a very specific way. The result was all seven going off to college and their two boys, Thomas Quinn and Julius, becoming running backs in the National Football League. Blessings From the Dust is the story of two determined parents and their struggle to raise their children successfully in the barren and deprived coal mining region of southwest Virginia. It is a saga of family, place, hard work, sacrifice, determination, education and ultimately love. When Thomas and Betty Jones made a conscious decision to raise their growing family in the coal-mining towns of Big Stone Gap and Appalachia they knew they'd have their work cut out for them. That's because their goal was to have all seven children go to college and then make their marks away from Wise County. How they did it and the sacrifices they made - such as Betty working underground in the coal mines for nearly 20 years - is detailed with honesty and candor. Although this is a memoir of one African-American family, it is really an American success story, as well.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013486836
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Interesting but repetitive

    When I started reading this book, I found it interesting as I grew up in Big Stone Gap. I would not call the area barren, although I thought so when I was growing up there. Barren is not this area as many students finised high school well prepared to succeed outside the Wise County area. It gave a great start socially, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually to many minorities as well as whites to become successfull in many professions in other parts of the country. As I kept reading the book, it became very repetitive (the reason for the 3 stars). What was written in over 300 pages, I thought could have been done in 200 pages or less without loosing the content. I do commend the parents for a job well done in raising their family and sticking to their values. I also commend all 7 children for being obedient and sticking to the values their parents taught them and for not succumbing to peer pressures. Great read for young parents anywhere with young children.

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