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Title The broken road : George Wallace and a daughter's journey to reconciliation / Peggy Wallace Kennedy with Justice H. Mark Kennedy.
Author Kennedy, Peggy Wallace, author.
Publication New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
Description x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call # 976.1063 K
Summary "From the daughter of one of America's most virulent segregationists, a memoir that reckons with her father George Wallace's legacy of hate -- and illuminates her journey towards redemption. Peggy Wallace Kennedy has been widely hailed as the 'symbol of racial reconciliation' (Washington Post). In the summer of 1963, though, she was just a young girl watching her father stand in a schoolhouse door as he tried to block two African-American students from entering the University of Alabama. This man, former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate George Wallace, was notorious for his hateful rhetoric and his political stunts. But he was also a larger-than-life father to young Peggy, who was taught to smile, sit straight, and not speak up as her father took to the political stage. At the end of his life, Wallace came to renounce his views, although he could never attempt to fully repair the damage he caused. But Peggy, after her own political awakening, dedicated her life to spreading the new Wallace message -- one of peace, penance, and compassion. In this powerful new memoir, Peggy looks back on the politics of her youth and attempts to reconcile her adored father with the man who coined the phrase 'Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.' Timely and timeless, The Broken Road speaks to change, atonement, activism, and racial reconciliation"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Includes index.
Contents The bridge -- In the beginning -- Romance in the air -- Coming home -- The race -- Into the darkness -- The broken road -- You got what you wanted -- The victory is ours -- 1963 -- Picture perfect -- A storm's a-comin' -- Success is to succeed -- Dynasty -- For you -- Stand up -- Things just change -- Buckle my shoes -- The book of lamentations -- 'Til death do us part -- In tents -- Testify, brother Wallace! -- Stepping down -- Benched -- The end of an era -- Doors -- Letters from Baghdad -- Back to the bridge.
Subject Kennedy, Peggy Wallace.
Kennedy, Peggy Wallace -- Family.
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998.
Children of governors -- Alabama -- Biography.
Children of politicians -- Alabama -- Biography.
Women -- Alabama -- Biography.
African Americans -- Segregation -- Alabama -- History -- 20th century.
Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Alabama -- Biography.
Addl. Author Kennedy, H. Mark, author.
ISBN 9781635573657 :
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