All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw (Paperback)
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"All God's Dangers" won the National Book Award in 1975.
"On a cold January morning in 1969, a young white graduate student from Massachusetts, stumbling along the dim trail of a long-defunct radical organization of the 1930s, the Alabama Sharecropper Union, heard that there was a survivor and went looking for him. In a rural settlement 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he found himthe man he calls Nate Shawa black man, 84 years old, in full possession of every moment of his life and every facet of its meaning. . . . Theodore Rosengarten, the student, had found a black Homer, bursting with his black Odyssey and able to tell it with awesome intellectual power, with passion, with the almost frightening power of memory in a man who could neither read nor write but who sensed that the substance of his own life, and a million other black lives like his, were the very fiber of the nation's history." H. Jack Geiger, "New York Times Book Review"
About the Author
Theodore Rosengarten is an American historian. Along with All God's Dangers, which won a National Book Award for contemporary affairs, Theodore has authored Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter. He is a professor of history at the College of Charleston and currently resides in South Carolina.