The Biography of Mose Jones Jr. – Reviewed

As a follow up to my previous post, here is a link to the review in Midwest Book Review of The Biography of Mose Jones Jr. that was referenced in the post.

The site is hopelessly out of date and hard on the eyes, so here is an excerpt from the review:

Readers follow Mose Jones Jr. from his family’s roots as poor sharecroppers in a small Alabama town under Jim Crow laws to his determination not to fall victim to abuses and fate, but to become a productive, giving and positive person for himself and those around him.  Perhaps this is the most powerful aspect of her biographical sketch as it considers how the messages of hard work, resourcefulness and the importance of both self-reliance and of working with others were cultivated at home and reinforced by church and community.

Dr. Jones makes certain that each page of her father’s life is backed by essential information about his purposes, influences, the social and political milieu he operated in, and why these achievements are historically significant events that go far beyond a family’s pride in their patriarch.  

The result adds a key note to the annals of civil rights history and is highly recommended for any library holding strong in this subject and particularly in powerful biographies of individuals who may not be household words in national civil rights circles; but who should be.

 

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