Just as our sunglasses block the harmful rays of the sun, our spiritual and emotional glasses can sometime block out our understanding of what God is doing and therefore we are not able to appreciate it. When Glaubman first approached him to do the book, Glaubman imagined an angry, bitter account of racism and segregation. When the cabin was still dark, I did love to just look into the fire. After learning his alphabet in half a day, Dawson has learned to read, print and write. A child doesn't learn so much by words as he does by watching. He got bored with retirement and fishing and decided to go to school.
He had so many wonderful stories to tell, but above all teaches that us working hard and staying positive is the way to enjoy life-- because after all--what A library patron recommended this to me. They provide a shade over everything that we see. Life is good, just theway it is. As mentioned in previous reviews, I'm fascinated by racism in America. Dawson was a grandson and great-grandson of African-American slaves. This book tells the adventures of his life and what he lived through, explained and written by himself in the form of an autobiography.
It is the inspiring and heart-warming memoir of George Dawson. Despite the harsh conditions of his life, he considers himself fortunate to have enjoyed food, housing, friends and family he has outlived four wives and fathered seven children. The 266 page paperback read is so easily flowing while holding your attention throughout, it would be appropriate for all ages including upper level elementary grades. Throughout history, bigots and racists have maintained their power by relying on those they've oppressed to remain ignorant. My knees don't hurt this morning! The name Shaka means parasite or simply bastard. This book has been on our shelves for several years and, upon picking it up, I learned that Scott's Aunt Margie gave it to his father for Christmas in 2000 the year it was published.
No matter what was going on in his life or around him, he could find something negative. Though Pete was just a boy, he must of been four to five inches taller than Norris. What makes this book different from others is that it doesn't focus on the good parts. It is a feel good journey through the life of George Dawson, an amazing man who learned to read at the age of 98. I want for people not to worry so much.
We hear the history of America as seen through his eyes - race relations in the South, the World Wars, the invention of the automobile, and other historic events. People need to hear that. First is the inspiring saga of how someone who was the grandson of a slave managed to navigate the brutally segregated small Texas town of Marshall, where Dawson was born, without losing his integrity or enjoyment of life. I didn't want to miss a single word of this sweet story because it could be a life lesson. What they would do living with a daily threat to their life and safety. Life is good, just as it is. If I am not able to complete this message today, I will pick it up next week with where I leave off today.
When I finished reading it, I could have turned around and read it again, except I had other books on my night stand that required my attention. I had never seen a car before and that model T was beautiful. It will make a person feel better. You have an understanding of who they are and what piques their interest. During those times it was important to measure your behavior versus the White world view in order to protect yourself against a racist backlash. After all, the man lived in 3 centuries and was around for some of the greatest advances and sorrows of human history, he could not come out untouched.
He never went to school and started working as a young boy to support his family. With my own children it was the same. How he lived to 1 George Dawson was what every person to strive to be. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. I so enjoyed this book.
The story is of George Dawson who, as a child, witnessed a horrible murder of a Black man by an angry White mob. Though Dawson passed away at the age of 103, a middle school in Dallas honored him by naming their school after him. Throughout his life he questioned almost nothing and lacked a basic curiosity about life at least through most of the book. On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate it? Our roads turned to mud, and the autos just couldn't make it. He has such a sincere and wonderful view of life. Very Good: A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Life is good and it gets better every day.