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This is an auction for PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK by Melissa Fay Greene.

“It's hard to believe that this powerful story of the political awakening of the black community in McIntosh County, Georgia took place in the 1970s. Untouched by the civil rights movement, this isolated rural county was long dominated by a renegade sheriff until a series of events resulted in the election of Thurnell Alston as the first black county commissioner since Reconstruction. Greene's use of the actual words of county residents adds an air of truth that cannot be denied. This book needs to be read by everyone who does not know the deep South and by those who think all of our racial problems were corrected in the 1960s.”
- Library Journal (US)

“As the first black commissioner of McIntosh County, Ga., retired boilermaker Thurnell Alston brought the civil rights struggle to a coastal backwater in the 1970s. He initiated voting rights lawsuits, fought drugs and introduced medical clinics, plumbing and running water to "a forgotten county needy in every way." A threat to corrupt Sheriff Tom Popell, who ruled the county as his fiefdom, Alston challeged the "good old boy" patronage system. But the irascible commissioner became increasingly distanced from his constituency and, after his youngest son's tragic death in 1983, he neglected his wife and children in escapist pursuits. The target of a government sting operation, he was convicted of drug conspiracy charges in 1988 and sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison camp, where he remains. By turns inspiring and sad, his story is told with dramatic skill.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Paperback 1996.

335 pages.

Very good condition.

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