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The Hornes

Buckley, Gail Lumet

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ISBN 10: 0394513061 / ISBN 13: 9780394513065
Published by Knopf, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover with dust jacket. Stated First Edition. 1st printing (no later printings indicated). Signed by the author, Gail Lumet Buckley. No other markings. Dust jacket has two small closed tears. Ships in a box. Fast shipping from NYC!. Bookseller Inventory # 1024201426

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Title: The Hornes

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The history of the Black bourgeoisie is the broader background of this lively family memoir that traces the history of the distinguished Horne family of Brooklyn, whose members included a member of FDR's cabinet and the author's mother, Lena Horne

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Daughter of Lena Horne, Buckley here tells a vital story, made even more appealing by her gracefully understated writing and objective viewpoint. Spanning the history of six generations of an American family, the book is based on voluminous papers kept by the Hornes since the mid-19th century. The author sheds light on an area of black society unrecognized for the most part. After the Civil War, the "old Hornes" settled in Brooklyn as part of a minority elite, an upper-middle class with enclaves in other American cities. Even among social peers, the Hornes stood out. Intellectual and striving, they were also uncommonly good-looking, as the book's numerous photos attest. "Lena wasn't the first star." By 1910, Buckley's grandparents Edwin Horne and Cora Calhoun Horne had gained political clout and were working for the advancement of "colored people." Buckley, who was born in 1937, takes the reader back to the time when she was growing up. She is a witness to events of the 1950s, the Cold War decade when Lena Horne among others was questioned about her patriotism and had to endure racist attacks. The author also records the Horne family's activities in the fight for civil rights, as she brings the story up to date. There is no rancor in this account. Buckley states simply: "Every other black shut out of the American Dream has to learn that the greatest victory can only be in the struggle. Now that the Dream is open to my children and their children, I hope they all will be permitted to learn that same color-independent, universal truth." BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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