My vanishing country [electronic resource] : a memoir. Bakari Sellers.
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- ISBN: 9780062917478 (electronic bk)
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New York Times Bestseller What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of America's forgotten black working-class men and women. Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. Anchored in in Bakari Seller's hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his father's rise to become, friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) , to explore the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working class—many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations. In his poetic personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other "Forgotten Men & Women," who the media seldom acknowledges. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair. My Vanishing Country is also a love letter to fatherhood—to Sellers' father, his lodestar, whose life lessons have shaped him, and to his newborn twins, who he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and honor its legacy.
Electronic reproduction. New York : Amistad, 2020. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 695 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
Sellers' first book is a memoir of his young life in the spotlight, interwoven with cultural and political commentary. In 2006, Sellers, an African American, was famously elected to the South Carolina legislature at age 22, beating a white, 26-year incumbent. His political life focused on underserved, and therefore vanishing, communities like his hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, a predominantly Black, rural town. Denmark has no hospital. After the birth of their twins, Sellers' wife needed emergency surgery. If they had been in Denmark, Sellers is clear that he would have lost his wife. Sellers reckons with the hardest of topics: the legacy of the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, the contested removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House after the murder of nine members of the Mother Emanuel congregation, the election of Donald Trump, and the anger and anxiety many African Americans live with. To his credit, Sellers exposes his own flaws in this book; mistakes he's not proud of. This solidly written memoir is an important addition to contemporary politics shelves. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
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