By Theodore Rosengarten
Nate Shaw's father used to be born less than slavery. Nate Shaw was once born right into a bondage that was once just a little gentler. on the age of 9, he used to be picking out cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. on the age of forty-seven, he confronted down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance fee him twelve years in legal. This positive autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral memories, is the plain-spoken tale of an "over-average" guy who witnessed wrenching adjustments within the lives of Southern black humans -- and whose unassuming braveness helped convey these adjustments about.
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I don’t know why Mother insists on these Saturday excursions because it’s really a terriﬁc bore for both of us. I think it’s her way of showing me she’s interested in my life. But I know she isn’t really. She always asks me the same three things in the same exact order: 1) How’s school? 2) How’s Sophy? qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 Page 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S 24 R lately? and as soon as I start to answer, her eyes immediately begin scanning the restaurant in hopes of recognizing someone she can then wave to and reel over to their table so she doesn’t have to talk to me.
Qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 Page 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S 24 R I told her either she could study harder or I could study even less than she thinks I do, which didn’t even make her smile, let alone laugh. I’m not even sure she knew I was trying to be funny. Sophy doesn’t have a very good sense of humor. This time we argued because Sophy ﬁnally admitted that she had a crush on Bernard Goldberg, which I found impossible to comprehend and told her so. That’s what started the ﬁght.
Blumenthal added that Hitler’s crazy ideas might be all right for the Germans but he won’t get very far with them here in Vienna. Daddy and Mr. Heller were strangely quiet and kept looking at one another as if there was some secret they shared. I wish I knew what Daddy and Mr. Heller were thinking but I’m afraid to ask. I don’t think they are as optimistic as the others. I’m not, either. Max went right to his room after dinner, and I wanted to talk to him so much that I decided to risk knocking on his door.