Ely: An Autobiography

Ely: An Autobiography

by University of Georgia Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820323977

ISBN-13: 9780820323978

Pub. Date: 10/28/1990

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Ely Green was born in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1893. His father was a member of the white gentry, the son of a former Confederate officer. His mother was a housemaid, the daughter of a former slave. In this small Episcopal community—home to the University of the South—Ely lived his early childhood oblivious to the implications of his illegitimacy and his

Overview

Ely Green was born in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1893. His father was a member of the white gentry, the son of a former Confederate officer. His mother was a housemaid, the daughter of a former slave. In this small Episcopal community—home to the University of the South—Ely lived his early childhood oblivious to the implications of his illegitimacy and his parentage. He was nearly nine years old before he realized that being different from his white playmates was of any real significance.

An incident at a local drugstore marked the beginning of what would be a painful rite of passage from an idyllic childhood through a tormented adolescence as Ely struggled to understand why he could not wholly belong to either his father's world or his mother's. "I was having a struggle within," he writes, ". . . learning to hate white people after I had been taught that they were all God's children and we are to love everybody." At age eighteen, still warring to reconcile one part of himself with the other, he fled the mountains of Tennessee—and a brewing lynch mob—for the plains of Texas and a new beginning.

Straightforwardly recounting his early life, rising above bitterness and pain, Ely Green gives his readers an astoundingly honest and poignant portrait of a young man trying to come to terms with race relations in the early twentieth-century South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820323978
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
141,664
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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