Ditchdigger's Daughter

Ditchdigger's Daughter : A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story

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A ditchdigger and his wife, who cleaned houses, had five daughters and made it an even half-dozen by taking in a foster child.Donald Thornton decided to do the grandest thing he could think of: force them to make a success of their lives. Along with Tass, their mother, he cajoled, prodded, and inspired the girls to succeed. And all the while, Thornton worked two full-time jobs to keep them properly fed and clothed.A toy saxophone in a Cracker Jack box led the oldest girl to beg for music lessons. The others followed suit, and the Thornton sisters' band, known as the Thornettes, came into existence. Eventually they were good enough to play the Harlem Apollo and the Brooklyn Fox and win a recording contract, which Donald tore up when he discovered it required his girls to leave school. Instead, the Thornton sisters played colleges on weekends, earning money to pay for their education yet not allowing their music to interfere with their studies.Two of his daughters did become doctors, one became a dentist, one a lawyer, one a nurse, and one a court stenographer; all became successful, independent, accomplished women.The Ditchdigger's Daughters is the inspirational story of one family whose strong role model and family values allowed them to overcome obstacles on the road to success.show more

Product details

  • Hardback
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Citadel Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1559722711
  • 9781559722711

About Yvonne S Thornton

Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., obtained her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with honors. She is director of the Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Center at Morristown, New Jersey, and an associate physician at Rockefeller University Hospital. She lives with her husband and two children in Teaneck, New Jersey.show more

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