One Righteous Man

One Righteous Man

Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York

Book - 2015
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"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910 to 1960 as told through the life of the city's first black police officer who, fearing his racist colleagues just as much as the criminal element, became an unheralded figure in the fight for civil rights,"--Novelist.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780807012604
Branch Call Number: 363.2092 B
Characteristics: ix, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Jun 11, 2016

An extremely well written book. A lot of history, and entails to flood your mind with visuals of unbelief behavior. Will shake your head with the way black people were treated back then. It's a wonder that the Black race still exist today. God has to be REAL.

Sep 08, 2015

One of the most important colour barriers was entry into law enforcement and this book tells the story of the man who did so with the NYPD. The book is based on an unpublished manuscript by the poet Langston Hughes along with original researched material. It also tells of his friendship with some of the leading black figures of the day, including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Jack Johnson and Jackie Robinson. Unfortunately I found the book to be quite blasé. Samuel Battle deserves better treatment on the printed page than what is found here ... but it does tell a story of a not insignificant civil rights leader before the modern movement began in the 1950s.


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