|Ebook's Category: "Uncategorised"||Date of Publication: (first published December 3rd 2010)|
|Author: Erin E. Tocknell||Language of Book: English|
|Book Stars: 4.50 of 5 stars||Ebook Format: RTF, iBook, DOC, DJVU, MOBI, FB2, ePub, TXT, PDF|
|Additional Info: Kindle Edition, 141 pages||
We're born into a world already in progress, like arriving late at a movie. Erin Tocknell, born to Nashville, loved the city in a wide-eyed, child's way, before she had a glimmer of the history that had shaped what she took to be her world. Confederate Streets recalls how it feels to wake up to history, to understand you are living right in the midst of it. Not all the les We're born into a world already in progress, like arriving late at a movie. Erin Tocknell, born to Nashville, loved the city in a wide-eyed, child's way, before she had a glimmer of the history that had shaped what she took to be her world. Confederate Streets recalls how it feels to wake up to history, to understand you are living right in the midst of it. Not all the lessons are easy, but in Tocknell's telling we come to appreciate the rewards of facing up to the hard facts, of refusing the false glamour of living innocent of history.
Confederate Streets reminds us what as a nation we seem always to be forgetting, just how far love and understanding and goodwill can take us toward the promised America.
Kevin Oderman, author West Virginia University professor and author of Going (novel)
Part memoir, part literary journalism, part history, Erin Tocknell's beautiful book investigates the landscape of memory, enlarging our sense of what it means to be from a particular place. A fearless and compassionate eye informs these pages, revealing how rich a so- called ordinary life can be, and how necessarily embedded in history and geography, even and especially in a country that devalues both. It's the kind of book that makes you reflect on your own life in new ways, a book I can't wait to teach students struggling to tell their own stories.
---Jane McCafferty, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author One Heart
In Confederate Streets, Erin E. Tocknell takes us to two Nashvilles: the one that shaped her sensibility as a writer—a rich, green, inviting landscape of backyard grapevine swings and cooling high jumps into the swim and tennis club pool, church choir practice and youth group outings, bluegrass, country, and the Grand Ole Opry—and the Nashville that was hiding in plain sight because of the segregation that persists in the city to this day. The Nashville Tocknell brings to life as a result of archival research and personal interviews—its black ministers, musicians,
teachers, principals, and students—is rendered with the same lyricism and power as her evocations of the city she knew in her own childhood, under the skin. Whether she is chronicling the local history of busing and zoning, or taking us inside a 1930s club in the Jim Crow South to hear Harmonica Wizard Deford Bailey take the stage, or bringing us into her own church to hear an all-but-forgotten white minister preach against segregation twenty years before she was born, Tocknell’s essays are loving tributes to ordinary citizens who have worked for social change in
the city that she—and they—have called home.
Natalia Rachel Singer, author of Scraping by in the Big Eighties