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Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family
     

Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family

by Sheryll Cashin
 

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ISBN-10: 1586484222

ISBN-13: 2901586484223

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: PublicAffairs

The Agitator's Daughter is Sheryll Cashin's memoir of her "emotional inheritance," the dedication to political activism that has coursed through her family for generations. During Reconstruction, Herschel V. Cashin was a radical republican legislator who championed black political enfranchisement throughout the South. His grandson, Dr. John L. Cashin, Jr., inherited

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The Agitator's Daughter is Sheryll Cashin's memoir of her "emotional inheritance," the dedication to political activism that has coursed through her family for generations. During Reconstruction, Herschel V. Cashin was a radical republican legislator who championed black political enfranchisement throughout the South. His grandson, Dr. John L. Cashin, Jr., inherited that passion for social justice and founded an independent Democratic party to counter George Wallace's Dixiecrats, electing more blacks to office than in any Southern state. His "uppity" ways attracted many enemies. The IRS pursued him, as did the FBI. Ultimately, his passions would lead to ruin and leave his daughter, Sheryll, wondering why he would risk so much.

The Cashin family diaspora reaches throughout the U.S.-to Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. Through four generations, they confront the fact of Herschel being the child of a white, slave-owning Irish-American and his decision to ally himself with black people. One family member chooses to pass for white. Others, especially Sheryll's father and his brother, develop a sense of obligation to "finish Grandpa Herschel's work." The process of political emancipation, begun by Herschel, eroded by Jim Crow, and revived in the era of Civil Rights is the lifeblood of the Cashin family. It is a complicated, often troublesome inheritance, one that Sheryll herself comes gradually to embrace and understand as she acknowledges being an agitator's daughter, with humor, honesty, and love.

About the Author:
Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, writes about race relations and inequality in America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901586484223
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

Table of Contents


Cashin Family Tree     viii
My Inheritance     1
The Lore     7
Miscegenation     13
Philadelphia     29
Reconstruction     37
Uplift the Race     47
The Talented Tenth     65
Man-Child     87
Manhood     99
Civil Rights     127
Integration     155
The National Democratic Party of Alabama     177
Altruism     209
Reversal     217
Independence     239
Notes     259
Sources     261
Acknowledgments     267

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