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One More River to Cross : The Selected Poetry of John Beecher

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The late John Beecher, though descended from the abolitionist Beechers, grew up in Birmingham, where his father was a steel industry executive. Beecher himself was groomed for a similar role, but when he went into the mills as a young man during the Great Depression, he rebelled and began to write powerful, radical, activist poetry. A contemporary of Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, he became a similar chronicler of the massive human displacement of the economic upheaval of the 1930s. During World War II, he served as an officer of the interracial crew of the troop transport Booker T. Washington, and wrote a book about those experiences. In the McCarthy era, he was blacklisted. And in the civil rights era, he turned his attention to the evils of segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. Always, he wrote powerful, spare verse which in lesser hands might have been ruined by its outrage. With his artist wife, Barbara, he published several elegant collections of his poetry on his own hand-set letterpress. His books included Report to the Stockholders, To Live and Die in Dixie, In Egypt Land, and a 1974 Macmillan edition of collected poems. All are out of print.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 160 x 226.1 x 19.8mm | 417.31g
  • NewSouth Books
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 158838103X
  • 9781588381033

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Pete Seeger "You may be one of those people who doesn't read poetry. But if you ever wonder what makes this 228-year-old country great, dip into this book. You won't be able to put it down." Pete Seeger "You may be one of those people who doesn't read poetry. But if you ever wonder what makes this 228-year-old country great, dip into this book. You won't be able to put it down."show more

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