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By Marilyn Nelson

ISBN-10: 0618397523

ISBN-13: 9780618397525

In 1955, humans everywhere in the usa knew that Emmett Louis until eventually was once a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white lady in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the lads attempted for the crime drew large media attention.

Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights circulation. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known yet refined kind of poetry, demanding situations us to talk out opposed to modern day injustices, to “speak what we see.”

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Waiting, whatever its benefits for children, is hard to advocate on a universal basis; those societies, whether in Massachusetts or northern Europe, that have fully embraced the new values have seen fertility rates fall below replacement—and often in circumstances where the adults might ideally prefer more children. For red families, the central irony is that the moralistic basis of family attitudes requires and generates even stronger pressures for reinforcement. Adherents see themselves as an embattled minority whose hold on their own children is endangered.

As we examine in greater detail in the next chapter, younger marriages provide a less-secure economic foundation for family life than they did in other eras, and lower income is a risk factor for divorce. That risk is compounded if the wife who would prefer a more-traditional division of family responsibilities has to work to support the family. Higher divorce rates, in turn, contribute to a sense of moral decay even in communities with morestable family patterns than the country at large. Central to the conservative calls to reinforce shared values, therefore, have been marriage promotion efforts.

Waiting, whatever its benefits for children, is hard to advocate on a universal basis; those societies, whether in Massachusetts or northern Europe, that have fully embraced the new values have seen fertility rates fall below replacement—and often in circumstances where the adults might ideally prefer more children. For red families, the central irony is that the moralistic basis of family attitudes requires and generates even stronger pressures for reinforcement. Adherents see themselves as an embattled minority whose hold on their own children is endangered.

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