Climbing the Colored Side: A Gifted Colored Childs Struggles to Understand Science in the Superstitious and Segregated South of the 1940s Al Chambles

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Climbing the Colored Side: A Gifted Colored Childs Struggles to Understand Science in the Superstitious and Segregated South of the 1940s  by  Al Chambles

Climbing the Colored Side: A Gifted Colored Childs Struggles to Understand Science in the Superstitious and Segregated South of the 1940s by Al Chambles
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Aldene “Al” Chambles grew up during the 1940s in the segregated South. His experience as a gifted child struggling to understand the world in the face of prejudice, superstition, and fear is poignantly depicted in his powerful novel Climbing theMore Aldene “Al” Chambles grew up during the 1940s in the segregated South. His experience as a gifted child struggling to understand the world in the face of prejudice, superstition, and fear is poignantly depicted in his powerful novel Climbing the Colored Side.The story takes place in the African American community of High Hope, established by former tenant farmers and sharecroppers seeking control over their lives.

It’s a difficult life, but when young Dean Johnson begins asking questions that no one knows the answers to, new tensions arise.This book explores a dimension of the African American experience beyond the fight for civil rights. Without access to people educated in the sciences or even to public libraries, Dean’s struggle is for knowledge.

There are those outside the community who believe he doesn’t have the capacity to understand math and science. Meanwhile, within his community, he must confront those who believe that pursuing an education would be a waste of time, a turn away from God—or worse—a dangerous imposition into a world where he does not belong.Penetrating and compelling, Climbing the Colored Side provides a truly authentic experience through Negro dialect, with a parallel translation into Standard English.



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