Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Hardback)
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Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 04/10/2011
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The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation - in Little Rock and throughout the South - and an epic moment in the civil rights movement. In this gripping book, David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together. He explores how the haunting picture of Elizabeth and Hazel came to be taken, its significance in the wider world, and why, for the next half-century, neither woman has ever escaped from its long shadow. He recounts Elizabeth's struggle to overcome the trauma of her hate-filled school experience, and Hazel's long efforts to atone for a fateful, horrible mistake. The book follows the painful journey of the two as they progress from apology to forgiveness to reconciliation and, amazingly, to friendship. This friendship foundered, then collapsed - perhaps inevitably - over the same fissures and misunderstandings that continue to permeate American race relations more than half a century after the unforgettable photograph at Little Rock. And yet, as Margolick explains, a bond between Elizabeth and Hazel, silent but complex, endures.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300141931
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 26 mm


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"As David Margolick's brilliantly layered exposition reveals, plumbing 'the depths of the depths' of race and racism is a most complex exercise. And as I plumbed the depths of his narrative, I found it at once painful, as well as elevating, and unlike anything I've ever read on the subject. It should be required reading for a nation still struggling with what Margolick refers to as 'the thicket of race.'"--Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of "In My Place
"--Charlayne Hunter-Gault
"Margolick's unforgettable new book, "Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock," takes as its touchstone a famous civil rights-era photograph. . . . eloquently chronicl[ing] their lives since that iconic photo was taken."--Kate Tuttle, "TheAtlantic.com
"--Kate Tuttle "TheAtlantic.com "
Margolick s unforgettable new book, "Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock," takes as its touchstone a famous civil rights-era photograph. . . . eloquently chronicl[ing] their lives since that iconic photo was taken. Kate Tuttle, "TheAtlantic.com
"--Kate Tuttle "TheAtlantic.com ""
As David Margolick s brilliantly layered exposition reveals, plumbing the depths of the depths of race and racism is a most complex exercise. And as I plumbed the depths of his narrative, I found it at once painful, as well as elevating, and unlike anything I ve ever read on the subject. It should be required reading for a nation still struggling with what Margolick refers to as the thicket of race. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of "In My Place
"--Charlayne Hunter-Gault"

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