The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

by Gail Lumet Buckley

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The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley

In The Black Calhouns , Gail Lumet Buckley—daughter of actress Lena Horne—delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African-American family from Civil War to Civil Rights.

Beginning with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in post-war Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South, and the other that settled in Brooklyn. Their paths intersected with many prominent figures including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Walter White, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, from world wars to the civil rights movement, this ambitious, brilliant family witnessed and participated in the most crucial events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Combining personal and national history, The Black Calhouns is a unique and vibrant portrait of six generations during dynamic times of struggle and triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802126276
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 627,926
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gail Lumet Buckley is the author of two previous books: The Hornes: An American Family , which became a PBS American Masters documentary, and the national bestseller American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm , winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 South/Reconstruction, 1865-1876: Morning/1860s 8

Chapter 2 South/Reconstruction: Noon/1870s 25

Chapter 3 South/Reconstruction: Night/1880s 41

Chapter 4 North/1900-1919: The New Negro 63

Chapter 5 South/1900-1919: The New South 89

Chapter 6 North/1920s: Harlem Renaissance 118

Chapter 7 South/1920s: Terror 138

Chapter 8 North and South/1930s: Lena and Frank 150

Chapter 9 North/1940s: Movie Star Year 170

Chapter 10 South/1940s: War Brides 202

Chapter 11 North/1950s: Blacks and Blacklisting 220

Chapter 12 South/1950s: Postwar 253

Chapter 13 North/1960s: "Now" 270

Chapter 14 South/1960s: Overcoming 292

Coda/1980s Honors/North: Lena 303

Coda/1980s Honors/South: Dr. Homer E. Nash 317

Acknowledgments 323

Sources Cited 327

Index 331

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Anonymous 4 months ago
A delve into the often neglected aspects of American History, the author presents a well-written saga with which African Americans of a certain age can identify and those of a younger age can be enlightened. It is the story of many African American families who have not had quite as many notable accomplishments or as many famous persons, but nevertheless have persevered through slavery successfully into the twenty-first century, contributing to the fabric of this nation.