Return to South Town by Lorenz Graham

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These classic novels, set during the Civil Rights era, follow the early years of David Williams, a young man who in the face of violence and bigotry struggles to keep alive his dream of becoming a doctor. A foreword by Rudine Sims Bishop and an afterword by the author's daughter, Ruth Graham Siegrist, Ph.D., place these remarkable novels in the context of their time (South Town was originally published in 1958.) Through the character of David Williams, young readers witness a turbulent era in American history, a period marked by unspeakable injustice and life-affirming hope.

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Lorenz Graham (1902-1989) was a pioneer of African American literature. Like Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, he wrote at a time when few books offered a realistic view of African American life. He is also the author of Tales of Momolu; I, Momolu; Every Man Heart Day Down; and How God Fix Jonah, an ALA Notable Book.
Published January 1, 1976 by Crowell. 245 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Until then, Williams spends his time renewing old acquaintances and musing over how things have changed--or not, as the case may be--in the company of his sociologist sweetheart who grafts her class analyses onto the black/white ones of Williams' South Town friends.

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In the words of Rudine Sims Bishop, from her foreword, Lorenz Graham ""helped pave the way for the development of contemporary African American literature for children and young adults"" with his Town novels-South Town;

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