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The Stem of Jesse: The Costs of Community at a 1960s Southern School

Campbell, Will D.

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ISBN 10: 0865544492 / ISBN 13: 9780865544499
Published by Mercer Univ Pr, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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VG+/VG. First edition signed by Author as well as Sam Oni, subject of much of the book. Near-Fine black cloth over boards: tight, square, unmarked, clean. DJ has chafi, rubbing, chipping, roll at rear Head. Laid in is article from The Atlanta Journal/Constitution, an interview with the author, Feb 8, 1995. Publishers Weekly ( January 23, 1995; 9780865544499 ) Campbell (Brother to a Dragonfly) was a noted activist (``Brother Will'') during the civil rights movement, and his personal style-part historian, part preacher-pervades this idiosyncratic study of integration at Baptist Mercer Univ. in Macon, Ga. Campbell proceeds nonlinearly, beginning with reminiscences from the ``white'' side and the ``black'' side, then interviewing a veteran Mercer professor (a white man who considers himself a Christian radical) who suggets that integration has been a failure ``throughout the land.'' Next comes a more conventional historical narrative, recounting how Mercer president Rufus Harris helped engineer the admission of a Ghanaian student, Sam Oni, in 1963; the protests against that decision; and Oni's barring from the local Baptist church. He also details the subsequent efforts to recruit and support black students, and, in a ``composite'' story, the arrival of drugs and the counterculture on campus. The book concludes with an account of a 1994 Mercer reunion in which Campbell-not a Mercerian but a white Southerner burdened by guilt-asks the finally returning Oni for forgiveness. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004712

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Title: The Stem of Jesse: The Costs of Community at...

Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author, Subject

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Used

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The story of racial integration at Mercer University

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This book is about the ironies of history, the ambiguities of even the best-intentioned of human actions, the complicity of all human beings in the histories of their respective societies, and the crucial roles of repentance and forgiveness in the health of any society.

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