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Ebook Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780329 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $3.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780312 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $28.95
Paperback Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780336 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $18.95
Chance or Circumstance?: A Journey through the Struggle for Civil Rights
Looking through the prism of one man's life, Chance or Circumstance reveals the historical context and personal hardships endured by African Americans in the fight for equality in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The book reveals what it took for James R. Mapp, his family and the community to make a difference when the racially prejudiced laws and culture of the times were against them. Focusing on the 1960s, the book gives an account of the people, places and events that took place in Chattanooga. Significant events that influenced the fight for equal rights for African Americans in access, education and employment are highlighted. Chance or Circumstance is unique in that it gives insight into the personal life of the author and his family as they persevered in the segregated south.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

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

Reviews
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

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. 

 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780329 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $3.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780312 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $28.95
Paperback Details
  • 03/2016
  • 9781491780336 B07945MPWS
  • 236 pages
  • $18.95

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