Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams


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  • Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond
  • Essie Mae Washington Williams
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  • 23 January 2020
  • 9780060761424

Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review

review Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond 107 Etters she and Thurmond wrote to each other over the years emerges a nuanced fascinating portrait of a father who counseled his daughter about her dreams and goals and supported her in reaching them–but who was unwilling to break with the values of his Dixiecrat constituentsWith elegance dignity and candor Washington–Williams gives us a chapter of American history as it has never been written before–told in a voice that will be heard and cherished by future generations. A memoir full of conflicting feelings and actions told with amazing personal grace Strom Thurmond was the longest serving Senator when he retired at the age of 100 and easily one of the most controversial figures over the course of his career Many remember him as a staunch segregationist Which makes the circumstances of this book all the confounding the author is his daughter who was the product of an affair he had as a very young man with his family s black maid Essie Mae grew up in the early years of her life thinking that the two people who raised her were her parents She was being raised by her mother s sister and her husband Surprise This discovery was dropped on her in the most unusual way first by her mother and eventually her mother introduced her to the man who was her biological father the Senator This book tells the story of Essie Mae s discovery of her unusual family lineage her eventual relationship with her father how she kept it a secret until after his passing and her reconciling of her feelings throughout the course of her life Strom Thurmond s politics always made my stomach turn and this book did not endear him to me at all despite the generous forgiveness bestowed on him by Essie Mae Even though I read the book I am still trying to imagine how she came to terms with her feelings and her father Remarkable

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review Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond 107 Breaking nearly eight decades of silence Essie Mae Washington–Williams comes forward with a story of uniue historical magnitude and incredible human drama Her father the late Strom Thurmond was once the nation's leading voice for racial segregation one of his signature political achievements was his 24–hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 done in the name of saving the South from mongrelization Her mother however was a black teenager named Carrie Butler w. Hmmm On the one hand this book has some relevance as a memoir and an historical document Incidents such as the one involving Strom Thurmond and Carrie Butler were not uncommon across the South and there wereare many like the author who wereare either the results of such unions or have heard stories about such The fact that she is bringing the events of her life to prominence is notable in itself However her reaction to and attitude concerning these events are problematic and this is where the book does not live up to its potential As noted in some earlier reviews there seems to be a lack of emotion and honesty in the book and I agree wholeheartedly I understand that people are individuals and that they interpret certain events differently However I felt that Washington Williams didn t display half of the anger and frustration that one would expect from someone who grew up the way she did For one thing she talks about the relationship between her father and mother as if it were a consensual relationship rather than a coerced one enforced by centuries of racism and the devaluation of Black women and girls bodies No Strom Thurmond did not love her mother The fact remains that this was a 15 year old girl who had no choice in the matter The author shows nearly no emotion for her mother at all nor does she attempt to understand her position There is no outrage at the fact that a 23 year old man was preying on a minor using his privilege to do so Another issue is the author s willingness to absorb all aspects of her Southern heritage No one should be ashamed of who they are and I believe that they should be made aware of and celebrate all aspects of their culture No one is asking Ms Washington Williams to choose between the two aspects of her identity But she seems to feel that way and she keeps asserting that she is not just African American or white but both She has also joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy My uestion is why would she want to be affiliated with these two groups long representative of overt racism and exclusion There are other Southern organizations to join that would reflect her heritage but also not be offensive Further she states that membership in such organizations via her father has allowed her to trace her family history all the way back while trying to do the same for her mother presents a brick wall She s so nonchalant about the latter unaware choosing to ignore that events orchestrated by her father s ancestors as well as the larger power structure which she has joined have made that brick wall possible However the most glaring and disturbing issue with the book is the way that the author is all too ready to excuse her father for his shameful behavior Forgiveness is one thing I have no problem with that I understand that she wanted her father s love and all that entailed I understand that this approach may be her coping device to sort out complex and confusing emotions I understand that the author was raised in a different time and carries with her many of the customs from that period I also understand that the system which permitted her father to act the way he did may have a profound effect on her psyche than she s willing to admit and that she may have internalized negative attitudes That being said her father still isn t off the hook Throughout the text Ms Washington Williams constantly recasts her father s character instead of seeing him for what he really was A complex human being to be sure but also a virulent and unapologetic racist who despite fathering her felt that one half of her lineage with whom he mixed his genetic material was not worthy of basic human rights and respect to put it lightly She tries to rectify this fact by portraying him as a flawed but generally decent man Even though she didn t agree with his views on segregation by supporting him in nearly everything else she actually substantiates his viewpoint Whereas she views him sending her mother money a sign of his interest and devotion it seems obvious to everyone else that it was an attempt to keep his secret that wasn t a secret as covert as possible She even defended Thurmond against her family members when they told her that they didn t like him which is than understandable What s even pitiful is the fact that the author is giving her father the devotion respect and admiration that he doesn t really deserve and which he probably wouldn t have wanted from her in the first place Most times the truth presents itself in shades of gray But there are times when it really is as simple as black and white The problem is that the author is not or does not want to view it this way With all due respect I believe that Ms Washington Williams has internalized a lot negativity that she s willing to admit and it comes off as apologist and self hating I feel that she needs to reexamine herself and think truly about what has happened Is she really so eager to gain her father s acceptance and love even after his death that she is willing to whitewash his actions In this aspect I feel a little sorry for her because although she claims that she is at peace it is obvious that she is still struggling

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review Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond 107 Ho worked as a maid on the Thurmond family's South Carolina plantationSet against the explosively changing times of the civil rights movement this poignant memoir recalls how she struggled with the discrepancy between the father she knew–one who was financially generous supportive of her education even affectionate–and the Old Southern politician railing against greater racial euality who refused to acknowledge her publicly From her richly told narrative as well as the l. As the first reporter to see Strom Thurmond after the death of his 22 year old daughter in 1993 I got a different look at the one time presidential candidate who vowed there weren t enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down Segregation and admit the Negro race into our theaters into our swimming pools into our homes and into our churches We met that day in his Senate office He was coming off cataract surgery and combined with Nancy Moore Thurmond s death at the hands of a drunk driver looked and sounded awful His eyes were swollen his voice was barely a whisper I expected nothing The man was not only crushed he was in his ninetiesI also thought the interview was about Thurmond s oldest daughter Little did I know that there was actually an older daughter one he d fathered years earlier at age 22 with a black woman who had been a maid in his family s home There had been rumors but nothing was ever provenNo Essie Mae Washington Williams kept uiet until 2003 after Thurmond died that year with one of the most improbable secrets in modern politics still intact Then she came forward at a press conference in Columbia All of it was true At last I feel free she said Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond written by William Stadiem followed in 2005 This is the full story from the point of view of a daughter who could never be seen in public with her father and who willingly stayed uiet about their relationship They met occasionally He was interested in her and her children his biracial grandchildren but never called her daughter even in private Hugs were rare as moon landings Her mother was 16 when she became pregnant with Thurmond s daughter and Essie Mae was 16 when she first learned about and met her real fatherThe book is well written and painful to read Thurmond provided for his daughter and her family an act many have written off as hush money Essie Mae rationalizes much of Thurmond s behavior in a way that her first husband and children who came along in a different era could not The story is also frustrating as readers want answers that are not forthcoming Essie Mae who died in 2013 never put the hardest uestions directly to the senator not that she would have gotten any satisfactory answers Part of that was Thurmond s make up which did not include expansive discussion of his innermost feelingsI asked many times over the 10 years I covered him as correspondent for the Charleston SC paper about regrets he may have harbored He was coming closer to the end and I thought he might want to try to make amends The closest I got was that he may have said some things I don t agree with now Dear Senator is worth reading Just don t expect much explanation beyond that s the way things were at the time Four stars


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    Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review Read Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Í Essie Mae Washington Williams Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams Hmmm On the one hand this book has some relevance as a memoir and an historical document Incidents such as the one involving Strom Thurmond and Carrie Butler were not uncommon across the South and there wereare many like the author who wereare either the results of such unions or have heard stories about such The fact that she is bringing the events of her life to prominence is notable in itself However her reaction to and attitude concerni

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    Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams This book is Essie Mae’s story and a living historic chronicle of the life and times intertwined with her real life situation Williams's story can be viewed as a tragedy of the American south with its unenlighten

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    Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review Read Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Í Essie Mae Washington Williams review Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond Like most people I was shocked at the posthumous revelation of notorious racist Strom Thurmond's illegitimate daughter Like many I doubted that in Jim Crow South of the 20's 30's that her mother an underage African American girl financially dependent on the family could actually have a relationship of euals with Strom Like many others I assumed there was probably some coercion finanical if not physical force

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    Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review As the first reporter to see Strom Thurmond after the death of his 22 year old daughter in 1993 I got a different

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    Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams 25 stars I wanted to give this stars because I wanted to like it Maybe I was expecting too much or maybe I was just put off by the writing but it just didn't resonate with me the way I thought it wouldI think I was expecting honesty frustration anger disappointment emotion than what the reader gets It couldn't have been

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    review Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond Read Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Í Essie Mae Washington Williams Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book In general I avoid the pain of reading about slavery and Jim Crow And as a black woman raised in South Carolina the revelation of Essie Mae's existence was not news to me I grew up with the knowledge that Strom Thurmond had a daughter actually the rumor was that he had numerous children by a black woman As the first African American police officer in Columbia my grandfather claime

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    Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review Read Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Í Essie Mae Washington Williams A memoir full of conflicting feelings and actions told with amazing personal grace Strom Thurmond was the longest serving Senator when he reti

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    Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams Essie Mae Washington Williams Í 7 review Read Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Í Essie Mae Washington Williams Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond by Essie Mae Washington Williams Regan Books 2005 Biography Strom Thurmond was a powerful US Senator from South Carolina and a former governor of the state as well He was a senior statesman in the battle against civil rights in the South He died at the age of one hundred in 2003 He was married twice; he married at the age of forty four and was widowed thirteen years later He and his

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    Read [Dear Senator A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond] Â Essie Mae Washington Williams Paints a surprisingly complex portrait of a man I always assumed hated black people

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