France Davis: An American Story Told

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As I was coming up, it was painful to me not to have been given my own nickname. It made me feel different, or rather that I was being treated differently from other family members. I wondered why everybody else was spoken to in terms of their identity, their character, their behavior, and I was simply identified by the 'tag,' my given name. But then, when I read in a book that France meant free, I began to think of it as imbuing me with a sense of flight, of movement. Ultimately, I came to believe my name spoke ...

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Overview

As I was coming up, it was painful to me not to have been given my own nickname. It made me feel different, or rather that I was being treated differently from other family members. I wondered why everybody else was spoken to in terms of their identity, their character, their behavior, and I was simply identified by the 'tag,' my given name. But then, when I read in a book that France meant free, I began to think of it as imbuing me with a sense of flight, of movement. Ultimately, I came to believe my name spoke for itself and that I did not need any other.'—from the book

Imbued with rich detail of family life in a rural community, as well as a system of values at a time of transition in American history, this is the life story of France Davis, the dynamic pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. It is an engaging story of courage and vision that describes coming of age in the segregation-era South, of dreaming, enduring with honor, and living at the forefront of major issues within the United States.

Recorded and skillfully written by Nayra Atiya, France Davis: An American Story Told, is an oral history, ethnography, memoir, perhaps even a life-enhancing sermon delivered with the strong voice of a preacher. The gathered strands of a life lived with conviction and grace will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers from the curious to those seeking inspiration.

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874808735
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. France A. Davis is pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City.

Nayra Atiya was born in Egypt, raised in the United States, and now lives in Salt Lake City. She is an oral historian, writer, and translator. This is her sixth book.

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Table of Contents

  1.  I Am Born and Later Burned
  2. The Coopers and Cooper's Town
  3. The Good Book and Our Goodly Heritage
  4. Magazines, Books, and Stories
  5. Lifelong Student
  6. Calvary's Saturday School
  7. Schools and Teachers
  8. Two Institutions
  9. What Mom and Dad Expected of Their Children
  10. Death
  11. Educational Opportunities
  12. Church Homes
  13. I Am Off to Tuskegee
  14. Florida and the Call to Preach
  15. Common Sense and Honoring Personal Needs
  16. A Full-Time Obligation with My Family's Arms Around Me
  17. A Good Name
  18. Mrs. E. Louise DeBies
  19. Destiny
  20. The Visable Church
  21. Sermons
  22. The Pastor and His Family
  23. Willene, Pastor's Wife
  24. The Military and Elsewhere
  25. A Student and His Ministry
  26. Installation
  27. Glass House
  28. Time and Tasks
  29. Ministers
  30. Lessons
  31. Basic Training
  32. Texas
  33. Las Vegas, Nevada
  34. Southeast Asia
  35. Dreaming and Sharing
  36. Some Siblings and Our Old House
  37. Educate the Head and the Heart
  38. A Minister's Reputation
  39. Sharecropping Neighbors
  40. Responsibilities and Roles
  41. Crafts
  42. Mom
  43. Dad
  44. The Fruits of Summer
  45. Body and the Soul
  46. Born Again
  47. It Takes a Village
  48. Neighbors and Mutual-Aid Societies
  49. The Little Store
  50. Andrew Cooper and Family
  51. Games
  52. Money
  53. Let Your Word Be Your Bond
  54. Aunt Rena, Folklore, and Home Remedies
  55. Medical Care
  56. Peddlers and Storekeepers
  57. Goldberg's
  58. Company
  59. Be Still, God Is at Work
  60. Medicine for the Soul
  61. Home
  62. Burns: My Side of the Story
  63. Burns: Willene's Side of the Story
  64. Utah
  65. Going Somewhere!

Acknowledgements

About Nayra Atiya

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