The Agitator's Daughter

The Agitator's Daughter : A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family

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During Reconstruction, Herschel V. Cashin was a radical republican legislator who championed black political enfranchisement throughout the South. His grandson, Dr. John L. Cashin, Jr., inherited that passion for social justice and formed an independent Democratic party to counter George Wallace's Dixiecrats, electing more blacks to office than in any Southern state. His "uppity" ways attracted many enemies. Twice the private plane Cashin owned and piloted was sabotaged. His dental office and boyhood home were taken by eminent domain. The IRS pursued him, as did the FBI. Ultimately his passions would lead to ruin and leave his daughter, Sheryll, wondering why he would risk so much. In following generations of Cashins through the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, civil rights, and post-civil rights political struggles, Sheryll Cashin conveys how she came to embrace being an agitator's daughter with humor, honesty, and love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586487094
  • 9781586487096

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"Denise Nichols," Washington Post, July 23, 2008"Books of family lore -- part oral history, part anecdote with loads of juicy tidbits from diaries and journals, engaging old photographs, newspaper quotes and entries from the public record -- serve to put meat on the bones of history. In the smoothly written "The Agitator's Daughter," Sheryll Cashin...adds her firsthand experiences as a participant and witness to civil rights history to enliven the text with a close and often heartbreaking point of view."show more

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