Goodreads Giveaway: Elizabeth and Hazel

The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation—in Little Rock and throughout the South—and an epic moment in the civil rights movement.

In this gripping book, David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together. He explores how the haunting picture of Elizabeth and Hazel came to be taken, its significance in the wider world, and why, for the next half-century, neither woman has ever escaped from its long shadow. He recounts Elizabeth’s struggle to overcome the trauma of her hate-filled school experience, and Hazel’s long efforts to atone for a fateful, horrible mistake. The book follows the painful journey of the two as they progress from apology to forgiveness to reconciliation and, amazingly, to friendship. This friendship foundered, then collapsed—perhaps inevitably—over the same fissures and misunderstandings that continue to permeate American race relations more than half a century after the unforgettable photograph at Little Rock. And yet, as Margolick explains, a bond between Elizabeth and Hazel, silent but complex, endures.

Yale University Press is sponsoring a Goodreads Giveaway of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock. Be sure to sign in with your account and enter to be one of the lucky winners!

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Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick

Elizabeth and Hazel

by David Margolick

Giveaway ends September 05, 2011.

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1 Discussion on “Goodreads Giveaway: Elizabeth and Hazel”
  • We all need to remember how things have changes and also how much things still have to change. I only came across this book because i heard an extract from the audio book on Elaine Charles’ radio show which I normally listen to on The huge activity on the web about this book makes me realize how important it is

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