We Got By: A Black Family's Journey in the Heartland

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Ohio State University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Ric S. Sheffield is Peter M. Rutkoff Distinguished Teaching Professor at Kenyon College and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. He is founding director and principal investigator for the Knox County Black History Archives, a website devoted the experiences of Black Americans in rural Ohio. He has authored numerous articles in the field of legal studies.
"This book is a powerfully written portrayal of Black Midwestern rural life in the early part of the twentieth century. The gripping tale of how Sheffield's family 'made a way out of no way' in an oftentimes hostile outside world, We Got By will shake readers to the very bottoms of their souls." --Allen Ballard, author of Breaching Jericho's Walls: A Twentieth-Century African American Life
"Crafted with heart and a keen eye for detail, We Got By delivers a vivid and engaging portrait of small-town Black life. Sheffield's courageous storytelling bears witness to a significant but seldom explored chapter in the history of race in America." --Howard L. Sacks, author of Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem
"We Got By reveals secrets that cry out to be shared. With authority and passion, Sheffield has written a history of the heart--not only his own but that of a people." --Murray Horwitz, NPR broadcaster and Tony Award-winning playwright of Ain't Misbehavin'