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The Making Of A Black Scholar: From Georgia To The Ivy League, Horace A. Porter Jan 2003

The Making Of A Black Scholar: From Georgia To The Ivy League, Horace A. Porter

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

This captivating and illuminating book is a memoir of a young black man moving from rural Georgia to life as a student and teacher in the Ivy League as well as a history of the changes in American education that developed in response to the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and affirmative action. Born in 1950, Horace Porter starts out in rural Georgia in a house that has neither electricity nor running water. In 1968, he leaves his home in Columbus, Georgia—thanks to an academic scholarship to Amherst College—and lands in an upper-class, mainly white world ...


The Anti-Warrior: A Memoir, Milt Felsen Jan 1989

The Anti-Warrior: A Memoir, Milt Felsen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1937 thirty-six nervous young men dressed in ill-fitting blue suits, wearing berets, and carrying identical black valises, were given tickets for an American Export Lines ship. They were told to conduct themselves as ordinary tourists, to be "inconspicuous." They were volunteers for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, traveling the French underground to join in the fight against Franco. Among them was Milt Felsen, a young New Yorker and radical antiwar activist on the University of Iowa campus who had decided that fascism had to be opposed. Some of these young men never made it to their destination. But Milt Felsen ...