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The Wall Between by Anne Braden

     In 1954, Anne and Carl Braden bought a house in an all-white neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, on behalf of a black couple, Andrew and Charlotte Wade. The Wall Between is Anne Braden's account of what resulted from this act of friendship: mob violence against the Wades, the bombing of the house, and imprisonment for her husband on charges of sedition.  A nonfiction finalist for the 1958 National Book Award, The Wall Between is one of only a few first-person accounts from civil rights movement activists—even rarer for its author being white. Offering an insider's view of movement history, it is as readable for its drama as for its sociological importance. It contains no heroes or villains, according to Braden—only people urged on by forces of history that they often did not understand.


Black History Month 2014

  376 pages



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  • beverly s.

    I don't read much non-fiction, but I am really glad I did. She writes very movingly and honestly about a difficult time In Louisville and about the outcome of her and her husband's selfless act. The discussion was lively and intriguing as usual.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • David K.

    Very nice

    February 19, 2014

  • David K.

    I finished it.....that epilogue was really long....but it brought the book up to date from the 50s.....I would say that a lot has happen since 1957.....like most of the Civil Rights Legislation, but it gives a good insight into those early days when any action against the establishment would land you in jail...lots to talk about on Wednesday

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Liz H.

    I'm sorry, I won't be able to attend this meeting. There is just too much going on at my house, right now.

    February 14, 2014

  • Carol H

    I teach at U of L until 6:15 Weds night. I am going to try to get there by 6:45. Sorry about being tardy.

    February 7, 2014

  • David K.

    Selection for Black History Month ( February )

    December 30, 2013

    • David K.

      If you need a copy of this book.....Fairdale Library has 10 copies at the front desk for checkout.....they are open on Sat....closed on Mon (MLK)

      January 17, 2014

  • beverly s.

    I really loved the discussion of The Fellowship of the Ring.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    SOUNDS VERY POWERFUL!

    October 26, 2013

  • Theresa

    Sounds excellent!

    October 8, 2013

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