Forty Acres and a Goat

Forty Acres and a Goat

by Will D. Campbell


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In Forty Acres and a Goat, Will D. Campbell picks up where the award-winning Brother to a Dragonfly leaves off, accounting his adventures during the tumultuous civil rights era. As he navigates through the explosive 1960s, including pivotal moments like the integration of Little Rock High School and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Brother Will finds his faith challenged. To further complicate matters, a series of jobs did not pan out as expected--pastorate in Louisiana, director of religious life at the University of Mississippi, and with the National Council of Churches--leaving Brother Will "with a call but no steeple." In an effort to find his place as a preacher, he moves his family to a farm in rural Tennessee and fashions his own unique style of ministry and a maverick relationship with God, land, and all his fellow pilgrims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496815873
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/09/2018
Series: Banner Books Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Will D. Campbell (1924-2013) was a Mississippi-born, Tennessee-based Baptist preacher, activist, author, lecturer, and farmer. Author of over fifteen books, he won the Lillian Smith Prize, Lyndhurst Prize, and an Alex Haley Award; was a finalist for the National Book Award; and received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal from President Bill Clinton.

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Forty Acres and a Goat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was on the top of a pile of donations in the library. I was attracted purely by the title and paid the librarian a dollar for the volume. It wasn't what I expected at all, which serves me right for judging it by its cover, I suppose. It's one man's view of the struggle for equality of opportunity in the Southern USA. It is a wonderful book, lacing the story of the author's homestead (particularly his pet goat, Jackson) into the wider picture of the anti-segregation and anti-Vietnam war movements of the 1960s and 1970s.Will Campbell trained to be a preacher but his views and his preaching style proved to be out of step with potential employers in the South. It's easy to see why, on reading this book. He's far too thoughtful and irreverent to be able to sit comfortably in any established church. I found his attitudes towards organised religion and its rites and ceremonies utterly refreshing. The history of the protest movements was fascinating, disturbing and ultimately depressing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Campbell is not Trent Lott...this Southerner has a unique view of the South and man's role in the world.... a MUST read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Campbell is more timely than ever today. He writes about his role in civil rights in the South and does it with humor and wit. Mr. Campbell, or Brother Will, had a bird's eye view to some of the most significant occurences in the South. He gives us much to study, reflect and ponder. I suggest you buy Forty Acres and a Goat.