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The Hornes

Buckley, Gail Lumet

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ISBN 10: 0394513061 / ISBN 13: 9780394513065
Published by Knopf, 1986
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Edition. Superb for a gift! Review copy with publisher's info and B&W photo of the author all laid in. Author is Lena Horne's daughter and appears nearly as beautiful as her mother. First edition. First printing. Fine hardcover with very good dust jacket in new Brodart jacket. Splendid copy - unmarked, bright and clean - binding tight and square. Enjoy reading with a real book in your hands. Shipping from North Carolina. Dedicated to delighting our customers. Delivery confirmation provided on all domestic orders. Happy to ship to international locations. Consider expedited shipping - just a little more moves your purchase a lot faster. Digital photos available on request for any book. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000031885

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Title: The Hornes

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st 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.
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