A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South

A Boy from Georgia Coming of Age in the Segregated South When Hamilton Jordan died of peritoneal mesothelioma in he left behind a mostly finished memoir a book on which he had been working for the last decade Jordan s daughter Kathleen with the help

  • Title: A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South
  • Author: Hamilton Jordan Kathleen Jordan Jimmy Carter
  • ISBN: 9780820348896
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Hamilton Jordan died of peritoneal mesothelioma in 2008, he left behind a mostly finished memoir, a book on which he had been working for the last decade Jordan s daughter, Kathleen with the help of her brothers and mother took up the task of editing and completing the book A Boy from Georgia the result of this posthumous father daughter collaboration chronicles HamWhen Hamilton Jordan died of peritoneal mesothelioma in 2008, he left behind a mostly finished memoir, a book on which he had been working for the last decade Jordan s daughter, Kathleen with the help of her brothers and mother took up the task of editing and completing the book A Boy from Georgia the result of this posthumous father daughter collaboration chronicles Hamilton Jordan s childhood in Albany, Georgia, charting his moral and intellectual development as he gradually discovers the complicated legacies of racism, religious intolerance, and southern politics, and affords his readers an intimate view of the state s wheelers and dealers.Jordan s middle class childhood was bucolic in some ways and traumatizing in others As Georgia politicians battled civil rights leaders, a young Hamilton straddled the uncomfortable line between the southern establishment to which he belonged and the movement in which he believed Fortunate enough to grow up in a family that had considerable political clout within Georgia, Jordan went into politics to put his ideals to work Eventually he became a key aide to Jimmy Carter and was the architect of Carter s stunning victory in the presidential campaign of 1976 Jordan later served as Carter s chief of staff Clear eyed about the triumphs and tragedies of Jordan s beloved home state and region, A Boy from Georgia tells the story of a remarkable life in a voice that is witty, vivid, and honest.A Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies Publication

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. Although I did not know Hamilton Jordan personally except for an occasional meeting in the elevator when he was a neighbor of mine at Colony House for a while after he returned to Atlanta from Washington, and even though he was three or four years older than I, we had many of the same experiences growing up in SW Georgia. Growing up in a much smaller town about 50 miles from Albany, Albany was the "big city" to me. It was where people from my home town went to shop, s [...]

    2. Rating: 3.5This memoir, edited by his daughter, covers the growing-up years of the late Hamilton Jordan, chief of staff for President Jimmy Carter. Jordan grew up in Albany, Georgia. There's a lot in his story that parallels my experience a few years later in northeastern Tennessee, although (since my hometown was less than 10% African-American) his experience with civil rights issues was more intense than mine. That part of his story is especially interesting, since he clearly grasped the moral [...]

    3. Very interesting memoir finished by Hamilton Jordan's children after his death. It is interesting to read how someone raised in the segregated and prejudice South could overcome his background to support and work for President Carter. I would have loved to have read, "the rest of the story", which would have been Carter's presidency and his time after Carter until his death.

    4. Made me nostalgic for Georgia! And reminded me so much of some of my college courses on the Civil Rights era. I definitely enjoyed hearing about his childhood in Albany and other parts of Georgia.

    5. Good memoir of Hamilton Jordan growing up in the old south. If you grew up in the 50's you will like this book

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