"There are just a number of American autobiographies of surpassing greatness. . . . Now there's one other one, Nate Shaw's."—New York Times
"On a chilly January morning in 1969, a tender white graduate scholar from Massachusetts, stumbling alongside the dim path of a long-defunct radical association of the Thirties, the Alabama Sharecropper Union, heard that there has been a survivor and went searching for him. In a rural cost 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he discovered him—the guy he calls Nate Shaw—a black guy, eighty four years previous, in complete ownership of each second of his lifestyles and each aspect of its which means. . . . Theodore Rosengarten, the scholar, had discovered a black Homer, bursting together with his black Odyssey and ready to inform it with remarkable highbrow strength, with ardour, with the just about scary strength of reminiscence in a guy who may possibly neither learn nor write yet who sensed that the substance of his personal lifestyles, and 1000000 different black lives like his, have been the very fiber of the nation's history." —H. Jack Geiger, New York occasions booklet Review
"Extraordinarily wealthy and compelling . . . possesses an identical luminous energy we go along with Faulkner." —Robert Coles,Washington publish booklet World
"Eloquent and revelatory. . . . this can be an anthem to human endurance." —Studs Terkel, New Republic
"The real voice of a hot, courageous, and respectable person. . . . A excitement to learn. . . . Shaw's observations at the lifestyles and other people round him, clothed in splendidly expressive language, are clean and clear."—H.W. Bragdon, Christian technological know-how Monitor
"Astonishing . . . Nate Shaw used to be a powerful bearer of stories. . . . Miraculously, this man's wrenching story sings of life's pleasures: sincere paintings, the rhythm of the seasons, the affection of family members and pals, the obdurate persiste
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Nigger permit himself be handicapped. If I’d a been a voter in them days they might have handicapped me simply because I wouldn’t have knowed up to I do now. And in that method my daddy was once simply handicapped. In different phrases, it was once only a factor to maintain the nigger goin the white man’s means. enable the nigger vote and switch the vote opposed to the nigger, nigger doin it to hisself. Niggers simply fell in there like pigs round their mammy suckin: votin the white man’s approach. Come time to vote, white guy runnin all concerning the payment buyin the niggers’ votes. provide him meat, flour, sugar, espresso, something the nigger sought after. Then they disfranchised him, reduce the nigger fresh out from votin. the typical nigger was once votin the white man’s method, particularly if he lived at the white man’s position. Combed within the niggers’ votes like flies. quickly as adequate of that was once performed they kicked the nigger out, disadvantaged him of his rights, what they had made a sham of whereas he had em. What was once that, votin or no longer votin, both method less than them stipulations, yet keepin the nigger below their thumbs? yet takin the vote away used to be worse: in the event that they couldn’t simply slave the nigger again like he was once, it was once pointin the nigger in that course. by no means did listen my daddy say nothin bout losin the vote. yet i think with all my middle he knowed what it intended. He simply as well—the manner he dealt with hisself during this votin company and different coloured dealt with themselves, that they had to come back less than those southern rulins. They proposal they did, and the white guy acknowledged they did, and that’s all there has been to it. So he simply stopped goin as much as Chapel Ridge on votin day; stayed domestic or went out and performed what he desired to. yet he didn’t vote not more. Who was once in the back of that? I felt to an quantity it used to be the wealthy white guy and the terrible white guy, either one of em, workin to take the vote clear of the nigger—the giant guy and a heap of the youngsters. The young children concept they'd a voice, yet they simply had a voice to this quantity: they can converse opposed to the nigger and the massive guy was once chuffed for em to do it. yet they didn’t haven't any extra voice than a cat opposed to the massive guy in their personal colour. As I growed to extra wisdom i presumed that was once as undesirable something as ever happened—to disfranchise the nigger. Tellin him he didn’t have a correct to his suggestions. He simply weren’t counted to be not more than a puppy. I by no means voted: i used to be correct there with my neck less than the yoke just like the remainder of em. i needed to vote, yet I didn’t are looking to vote if my vote weren’t no reliable, weren’t worthy a doggone. What I goin to vote for? simply votin the opposite man’s means, similar to sugar within the bowl for him. I seed the nigger vote until eventually he’d vote his head off—done him no strong in any respect. It taken a enlightened day—today it’s a brand new method so far as i will see. Nigger’ll vote and if it arise any flaws in it the excessive professionals will take the problem over, straighten that factor out. They inform me now i will be able to vote and that i think i may. yet I been disencouraged so bad—I learnt an excessive amount of approximately this votin after I growed up and start to listen to fogeys speak and seed the way it used to be runnin regardless to how the lower went or come.