Bridge of the Single Hair

Bridge of the Single Hair

by Candida Pugh

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ISBN-13: 9781936782284
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication date: 08/15/2011
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Candida Lall Pugh, a former Freedom Rider, arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, in July of 1961, spent a month in the maximum security unit at Parchman Farm. Currently, she lives with her husband near Chicago, Illinois.

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Miss-Lynn More than 1 year ago
Bridge of the Single Hair is a story that takes place during the 1960's, back when the Civil Rights movement was going strong . The older generation will remember back at that time the Freedom riders, who set out for the deep south only to be met up with hatred and violence. With their efforts, the civil rights movement was transformed. This then is what this book captures. Seventeen year old Jeri Turner who lives in Los Angeles in the early 60's she was right in the time span of the Civil Rights movement that was sweeping the country. Leaving home she joins up with the freedom riders to fight the segregation going on in the southern states. Being involved in Non Violent protest Jeri fights for the right of others and finds herself locked up in maximum security unit of the Mississippi State Prison. Here through the air vent, Jeri listens to the voice of one prisoner, a black inmate. Upon release Jeri risks her own life to uncover the truth of this prisoner. In her debut novel Candida Pugh, who is a former freedom rider and was arrested in Mississippi in 1961 and put in the maximum security prison tells it like it was. For those of us that lived in the era and especially the deep south understand what went on, with the prejudice and the hatred which spanned much of the United States which in a way is still prevalent today just not as strong as the 60's movement . The author writes with a candid no holds barred novel that takes the reader back to the conditions and struggles that were at their height during that time. Excellent book for those who remember that time and for the younger generation to learn about a time in the history that they have only heard pieces about.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This powerful Civil Rights era novel, written by a former "Freedom Rider" brings to life the explosive and dangerous times in the early 60s when simply sitting on a bench beneath a sign that read "Whites Only" could get a person with dark skin arrested and tossed in jail. Jeri Turner is a young white woman, living a relatively uncomplicated life in Los Angles in 1961. After attending a march for justice, she goes to the Sixth Street AME Zion Church to hear people talk about the marches and the injustices that must be stopped. It isn't long before Jeri decides she wants to leave, but she's stuck in the middle of a cramped pew. As one of the few white people attending the inspirational meeting, she's too embarrassed to get up and walk out so she decides to stay. But when Dasante Mitchell gets up to talk, Jeri is moved by his descriptions of life in Monroe, NC. Boldly deciding the join the Freedom Riders and travel to the South to non-violently protest racial segregation, it isn't long before Jeri is arrested and thrown into the Mississippi State Prison. While in prison, Jeri experiences much of the cruelty and harsh treatment that others have only read about. She also befriends a male inmate, by the name of Ellis Lee, by talking to him through the toilet vent. While not a talkative man, Jeri comes to enjoy their brief conversations and is curious to learn as much as she can about this inmate who lives on the other side of her prison wall. Through time, Jeri learns that Ellis is illiterate, enjoys getting food from his sister when she visits and has experienced at least one beating at the hands of the night Captain. He is also just 23 and sitting on death row. Could Ellis be one of so many Black man convicted of a crime he didn't commit? Jeri is eventually released from prison and promises Ellis to help him find a new lawyer and get his conviction overturned. But when she can't find out what he was convicted of, and that the NAACP won't help her with his case, she knows something more is at play. Is there a cover-up? And how can she keep her promise to Ellis? Bridge of the Single Hair is an utterly mesmerizing story that I was unable to stop reading (indeed, I was late for an appointment because I had to finish this book!). The author has an amazing way of engaging the reader and bringing her into the life of Jeri. I felt as if I was there in Parchman Farm (the section of the prison where Jeri was kept) and needed to solve the mystery of Ellis' case along with her. The horrible treatment she received at the hands of her Southern jailers, as well as the daily injustices served to Blacks both inside the prison as well as on the streets, brought home all the injustices of the Civil Rights era. Quill says: Do NOT miss this book - you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming from another country, I didn't know a lot about what happened in the United States when people started to fight back against prejudice. This book opened my eyes to a lot. Things that were done to people shocked me. But I like the girl, Jeri. She's tough and she has a lot of moxie. And sometimes she's really funny.