Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

by David Margolick
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Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation—in Little Rock and throughout the South—and an epic moment in the civil rights movement.

In this gripping book, David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together. He explores how the haunting picture of Elizabeth and Hazel came to be taken, its significance in the wider world, and why, for the next half-century, neither woman has ever escaped from its long shadow. He recounts Elizabeth’s struggle to overcome the trauma of her hate-filled school experience, and Hazel’s long efforts to atone for a fateful, horrible mistake. The book follows the painful journey of the two as they progress from apology to forgiveness to reconciliation and, amazingly, to friendship. This friendship foundered, then collapsed—perhaps inevitably—over the same fissures and misunderstandings that continue to permeate American race relations more than half a century after the unforgettable photograph at Little Rock. And yet, as Margolick explains, a bond between Elizabeth and Hazel, silent but complex, endures.

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ISBN-13: 9780300141931
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Elizabeth and Hazel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
hotshots More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm 81 year old white woman and grew up in the midwest, that was before the Civil Rights act was passed. I'm grateful for all the courage and bravery some citizens went through at those troubled times. It made our country stronger, however there is still too much raceism around. Loved this true story.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Eliz­a­beth and Hazel: Two Women of Lit­tle Rock by David Mar­golick is a non fic­tion book about two ladies who were made famous by the press. The book looks his­tory square in the eye and doesn't flinch. Eliz­a­beth Eck­ford and Hazel Bryan were cap­tured for pros­per­ity in a pho­to­graph by Will Counts. The pic­ture which is a disgrace to the Jim Crow south struck chords in many peo­ple in Amer­i­can on many lev­els and still does so today. How­ever, the two women in the pic­ture, Eliz­a­beth Eck­ford walk­ing in a dig­ni­fied man­ner away from an assault­ing Hazel Bryan, soon grew out of the pic­ture, matur­ing and resent­ing the role which they were not pre­pared to play. Eliz­a­beth and Hazel: Two Women of Lit­tle Rock by David Mar­golick is an amaz­ing book which is read­able and thought­ful. Mr. Mar­golick man­aged to tackle tough issues with hon­esty and sen­si­tiv­ity which are rare in today's world. The pic­ture cap­tured a moment in time which shook the world. It had every­thing, a mar­tyr, a vil­lain and his­tory. How­ever, we still remem­ber those two women, the dig­ni­fied Eliz­a­beth and the shout­ing Hazel as they were in Sep­tem­ber of 1957. Mr. Mar­golick finds out what hap­pened after the pic­ture was taken in a fair, even, hon­est and patient account. The moment shaped Elizabeth's future. She suf­fered tremen­dously from her instant fame, her abuse for years at Cen­tral High School and the after­math of her brave brush with his­tory. Hazel, on the other hand, was play­ing hooky from school and for­got that moment in almost an instant. Years later, Hazel who real­ized what she has done called to apol­o­gize but it wasn't until 1997 when the two women were reunited and formed a frag­ile bond. I can­not judge nei­ther of the two. I can­not even imag­ine going through the hard­ships Eliz­a­beth has endured or the men­tal anguish Hazel has had after being made, for years, the face of segregation. The book has sur­prised me more times than I could count. For instance, the seg­re­ga­tion­ist lead­ers abhorred the pic­ture because it made them look bad, or the way Eliz­a­beth and Hazel han­dled their indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive expe­ri­ences over the years or even the way Oprah behaved. This book has a lot to teach our soci­ety. It doesn't see his­tory in rose col­ored glasses, nor the present, nor the future. It presents things as they are, giv­ing the reader food for thought.
55T-Bird More than 1 year ago
I applaud David Margolick for doing the research to tell the rest of the story of September 4, 1957 but also for showing the divergent lives of two women since that day.  I wasn't born until years after the height of the Civil Rights movement so reading this caused me to think introspectively about how I would have reacted if I had been in the midst of that.  This is a powerful story about what the far-reaching and unforeseen consequences of seemingly insignificant actions might be and what can be learned from that.  My heart breaks for both of these women for the part they had to play in this drama.  But this book also provides a reminder of why respect for others should be paramount in our daily lives.  I'm glad I read this book and more fully understand the story behind the photo.
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Just to let you know, Sammy kissed Aero and almost had se<_>x with him.. T.T
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"I love you so much," she chokes and leans into him.
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