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Forty Acres and a Goat: A Memoir
     

Forty Acres and a Goat: A Memoir

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by Will D. Campbell
 

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Describing himself as a “steeple dropout” and a “bootleg preacher” who also works as a “freelance civil rights activist,” Will D. Campbell has earned a notable place among America's favorite storytellers. Detailing his harrowing exploits during the racially charged 1960s as a liberal white man of God, this memoir brilliantly

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Describing himself as a “steeple dropout” and a “bootleg preacher” who also works as a “freelance civil rights activist,” Will D. Campbell has earned a notable place among America's favorite storytellers. Detailing his harrowing exploits during the racially charged 1960s as a liberal white man of God, this memoir brilliantly describes Campbell's attempt to live a spiritual life in a time of mistrust, racial intolerance, and violence. Despite such a dire backdrop, Campbell serves as a guide through the events with his patented humor and poignancy. In one instance he notes that black Muslims protected the grand dragon of the KKK in an upstate New York prison, demonstrating the contradictions and strange circumstances that bring people together.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Author of Brother to a Dragonfly, Campbell recounts in this free-flowing, allusive memoir a quarter-century of activism as a committed Christian and ``preacher without a church.'' Emerging from his Tennessee farm, this Southern Baptist became a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. His recollections are enlivened by expressive language, a blend of allegory and humor, made colorful by anecdotes about important people he engaged in earthy, often confrontational dialogue, and then befriended. While the social revolutionary aspect of Campbell's humanitarian mission is featured, it is undergirded by his depiction of his warm family life, his closeness to the land and to a menagerie headed by a knowing goat, which make his Tennessee homestead a place of retreat, both physical and spiritual, for his many visitors. (October 20)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is a funny, touching, beautifully written sequel to Campbell's autobiography, Brother to a Dragonfly. A Baptist preacher, farmer, and civil rights activist, Campbell has combined parable, allegory, and personal recollection to create a fascinating account of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Using animals as symbols and a composite black co-worker named T.J. Eaves as a sounding board, he charts the uncertain course of social change in the South during this turbulent period. One grows to admire Campbell and his pet goat, Jackson, enormously. Although not as focused as his previous memoir, this is wonderful to read. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Anthony O. Edmonds, History Dept., Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971897403
Publisher:
Jefferson Press, LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Will D. Campbell is the author of 16 books including Brother to a Dragonfly, winner of the Lillian Smith Prize and a National Book Award Finalist, and The Glad River, winner of first prize for fiction for Friends of American Writers. He lives in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

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Forty Acres and a Goat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Campbell is not Trent Lott...this Southerner has a unique view of the South and man's role in the world.... a MUST read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Campbell is more timely than ever today. He writes about his role in civil rights in the South and does it with humor and wit. Mr. Campbell, or Brother Will, had a bird's eye view to some of the most significant occurences in the South. He gives us much to study, reflect and ponder. I suggest you buy Forty Acres and a Goat.