Idea: This text follows the history of Chattanooga, especially its role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The details here reveal extensive and admirable background research.
Prose: The prose/style is somewhat scholastic and formal, but also somewhat journalistic, and the book might have been slightly differently organized to its benefit. This text should most interest those invested in the field of African American studies or history or Tennesseans themselves. The research is meticulous and impeccable.
Originality: This book is highly original in its concept. The book focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in the South, but draws in extensive research and case studies.
Execution: All of the characters, at least of Mapp's family and community, are depicted as heroic and extremely dedicated. These were not rich people, but rather were incredibly hard-working in their fight for justice. Only Mapp himself stands out as a fully fleshed-out character, however.
Date Submitted: October 03, 2019
We are pleased to announce that your book, Chance or Circumstance?: A Memoir and Journey through the Struggle for Civil Rights, has been selected by the 2019 International AAHGS Book Awards Committee as the best book in the Non-Fiction - Autobiography category!
Your book, Chance or Circumstance?: A Memoir and Journey through the Struggle for Civil Rights, was selected by our judges on the basis of its subject area, potential appeal to readers, and overall book composition and design. The competition was intense with many exceptional entries in the category.
The Book Awards Committee is honored to count your book among our distinguished list of authors and to send you this letter in recognition of your achievement.