An autobiographical account of the life of a black family in a southern Illinois mining town in the years before World War I
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“The author writes simply, of simpler times. Hers is an account of family and community life in Du Quoin, a coal-mining town of southern Illinois, where, as a child, she enjoyed life. Fun and love were predominant in her large family. Wise parents helped her through otherwise traumatic incidents which she and others occasionally experienced as blacks... Ruby Berkley Goodwin sees the underlying strength and dignity of the blacks who formed a real community. She writes of her experiences without affectation and with humor.”—Kliatt Paperback Book Guide
“Episodes in the childhood of Ruby Berkley of the proud, just and generous family of Negroes living in Southern Illinois before the First World War. Since Dad was a coal miner, there is plenty of drama and pathos. But the great thing here is the family’s tolerance of their polyglot neighbors who are also their friends.”—Library Journal
“This is a record, in retrospect, of course, of what life was like for a Negro family in DuQuoin, Ill., a mining town. Part of the book’s fascination lies in the background material—the mines with their explosions, cave-ins, strikes, and lockouts. The rest of the fascination stems from the character of the father of this family—Braxton Berkley.”—New York Herald Tribune Book Review
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Book Description Southern Illinois University P, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11080930757X