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All Gods Dangers
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All God's Dangers
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Its author, the man who compiled it from extensive interviews, was a writer named Theodore Rosengarten. Somewhere along the line, people stopped talking about it.
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Friends of mine who talk about nothing except Southern literature have barely heard of the book. I pounced on it after I discovered that Richard Howorth , the well-read owner of Square Books, the independent bookstore in Oxford, Miss. This book rolls. But it is superb — both serious history and a serious pleasure, a story that reads as if Huddie Ledbetter spoke it while W. Du Bois took dictation.
In it was turned into a one-man play , starring Cleavon Little. If the clips on YouTube are any indication, it was unwatchable. These days, a hefty paperback edition is available from the University of Chicago Press. But it seems to have vanished from the culture at large.
This book has a back story. Nate Shaw is a pseudonym. Rosengarten changed the name for the safety of Mr.
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In Mr. Rosengarten was a Harvard graduate student who went to Alabama with a friend who was researching a defunct organization called the Alabama Sharecroppers Union. Someone suggested they speak to Mr. Cobb, then He recounted dealings with landlords, bankers, fertilizer agents, mule traders, gin operators, sheriffs and judges — stories of the social relations of the cotton system.