The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story

The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story

by Yvonne Thornton, Jo Coudert

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The Ditchdigger's Daughters is a loving memoir of how a poor and uneducated black laborer, a child of the Great Depression, overcame incredible obstacles to give his daughters a better life. Dr. Thornton's father fought in World War II as a Navy seaman, second class. By age twenty-seven he had five children to raise--all girls, and no boys. He dug ditches for a living while his wife cleaned houses. Together, they formulated a dream: that all their daughters would be doctors. Fortuitously, his daughters formed a traveling band, "The Thornton Sisters", which achieved not only musical success on the "college circuit", but earned them college tuition money as well. From the tenements of East Harlem to the footlights of the Apollo Theatre to the halls of an Ivy League medical school, Dr. Thornton has written a family biography that is a modern Horatio Alger saga. The book tells the true story about a black family of all girls that transcends race, color and gender to rekindle our be

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ISBN-13: 9780615392097
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 452,909
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Donald's daughter, Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, is a double-Board certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thornton lives with her husband in New Jersey. Jo Coudert is also a playwright and lives in Califon, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

1.The Beginning3
2.The House That Donald Built16
3.Sweet and Sour Notes32
4.The Thornettes49
5.Show Biz63
6.Weekend Dates79
7.The Band's Wagon97
8.The Break114
9.One Monkey Don't Stop the Show128
10.P & S148
11.Dr. Thornton, Dr. Thornton ...167
12.Till Death Do Us Part184
13.A Labor of Love202
14.Navy Blue and Black215
15.Civilians and Civility228
16.The Gospel According to Donald247

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