4 out of 4 stars
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A true eye opener is what comes to mind when describing Janice S. Ellis’ From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream. After reading Dr. Ellis’ memoir I can’t help but feel privileged to have grown up in the decade that I did. Dr. Ellis is a true inspiration to women and the African American community.
Dr. Ellis’ was raised in Mississippi during the 1960’s, when social change was first coming about. As a young girl she faced sexism, as an African American she dealt with racism. Predestined by society to amount to very little Dr. Ellis worked hard and preserved despite many challenges that faced her. She recounts her determination during her college years to raise a young family, while enduring an abusive relationship and still continuing her studies to graduate with her Ph.D. She speaks of the sexism and racism involved in politics as she navigates her early career, and how these moments have shaped her course.
I liked the perspective of historical events that Dr. Ellis’ describes the most. Some very important historical events occurred during her youth that are often glossed over in the American public-school system. I like the flow of her memoir, even though she jumps time occasionally, it all is relevant to the thought or lesson she is trying to convey. Obtaining her degree is one of her biggest accomplishments and she even includes an inside look into her thought process and why she chose the subject she did for her dissertation.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is a four-star memoir due to the accuracy of historical events, an engaging memoir that hooks the reader and doesn’t bore them, and the impeccable grammar that is used throughout the book.
This book is a must read for all Americans! I believe the schools should implement it into the Civil Rights curriculum. Racism and sexism are still very prominent and relevant in today’s society. I believe that everyone should read just have little the United States has actually advanced in the last 50 years. I believe it could serve as a reminder as to what our goal of equal rights for all.
From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream
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