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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 ...


A Lucky American Childhood, Paul Engle Jan 1996

A Lucky American Childhood, Paul Engle

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

More than any other individual, Paul Engle was the spirited force behind the creative writing workshops now so abundant in America. His indomitable nature, enthusiasm, and great persuasive powers, coupled with his distinguished reputation as a poet, loomed large behind the founding of the influential Iowa Writers' Workshop more than half a century ago.

Through all his travels, accomplishments, and experiences in his long career, Engle remained tied to the American heartland. A Lucky American Childhood is his warm and engaging account of his childhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his grit and character originated.

A Lucky American Childhood will ...