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Defiant: Growing up in the Jim Crow South



by
Wade Hudson

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Crown
ISBN
9780593126363
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Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: General , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Death
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As the fight for equal rights continues, Defiant takes a critical look at the strides and struggles of the past in this revelatory and moving memoir about a young Black man growing up in the South during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. For fans of It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Stamped, and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Born in 1946 in Mansfield, Louisiana, Wade Hudson came of age against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. From their home on Mary Street, his close-knit family watched as the country grappled with desegregation, as the Klan targeted the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and as systemic racism struck across the nation and in their hometown.

Amidst it all, Wade was growing up. Getting into scuffles in the schoolyard, playing baseball on a team he put together, immersing himself in his church community, and starting to write. Most important, Wade learned how to find his voice and use it. From his family, his community, and his college classmates, Wade learned the importance of fighting for change by confronting the laws and customs that marginalized and demeaned people.

This powerful memoir reveals the struggles, joys, love, and ongoing resilience that it took to grow up Black in segregated America, and the lessons that carry over to our fight for a better future.“Remembering.” Notes. Sources. Time line.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: General , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Death

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Wade Hudson (1946– ). Civil rights workers. African Americans. Twentieth-century social life and customs. Civil rights movements. Coming of age. Mansfield, Louisiana. Family life. Baseball. Baptist Christianity. Segregation. Jim Crow South. Memoirs. 

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