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One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew / Edition 2
     

One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew / Edition 2

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by Spencie Love
 

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ISBN-10: 0807846821

ISBN-13: 9780807846827

Pub. Date: 11/17/1997

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

One Blood traces both the life of the famous black surgeon and blood plasma pioneer Dr. Charles Drew and the well-known legend about his death. On April 1, 1950, Drew died after an auto accident in rural North Carolina. Within hours, rumors spread: the man who helped create the first American Red Cross blood bank had bled to death because a whites-only

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One Blood traces both the life of the famous black surgeon and blood plasma pioneer Dr. Charles Drew and the well-known legend about his death. On April 1, 1950, Drew died after an auto accident in rural North Carolina. Within hours, rumors spread: the man who helped create the first American Red Cross blood bank had bled to death because a whites-only hospital refused to treat him. Drew was in fact treated in the emergency room of the small, segregated Alamance General Hospital. Two white surgeons worked hard to save him, but he died after about an hour. In her compelling chronicle of Drew's life and death, Spencie Love shows that in a generic sense, the Drew legend is true: throughout the segregated era, African Americans were turned away at hospital doors, either because the hospitals were whites-only or because the 'black beds' were full. Love describes the fate of a young black World War II veteran who died after being turned away from Duke Hospital following an auto accident that occurred in the same year and the same county as Drew's. African Americans are shown to have figuratively 'bled to death' at white hands from the time they were first brought to this country as slaves. By preserving their own stories, Love says, they have proven the enduring value of oral history. General Interest/Race Relations

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846827
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/17/1997
Edition description:
2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,183,063
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword by John Hope Franklin
Introduction: A Tragedy Compounded by a Myth

PART ONE: Death and Resurrection
Chapter One: Charlie Drew Is Dead
Chapter Two: They Wouldn't Treat Him
Chapter Three: That Black Man Who Bled to Death

PART TWO: The Life and Times of Charles R. Drew
Chapter Four: Bright New Steel
Chapter Five: The Bloods of Different Races
Chapter Six: The Group as a Whole
Chapter Seven: Dark Myths and Wretched Superstitions

PART THREE: The Death of an Invisible Man
Chapter Eight: Wasn't He Riding with Dr. Drew?

Conclusion: A Dark Stone of Enlightenment
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Sections of illustrations

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One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
alleeAE More than 1 year ago
Intiguing welcome insight on Dr. Drew, his aspirations, successes, disappointments and the historical foundation of African-Americans in medicine in the United States. For years the myth and legend of Dr. Charles Drew has intrigued me. My daughter as a child picked up the banner after questioning me one day as we passed the Charles Drew Memorial on Hwy 49 - Alamance County. He became her favorite for classroom reports and other assignments. This is a great resource for a wide range of historical information which frames how Dr. Drew grew in his quest for racial equality in the U.S. all the while establishing effective nonviolent activism that moved him beyond many racial barriers and was at the core of educating America and dispelling the myths about the effects of blood transfusions.