ELIZABETH AND HAZEL ~ Two Women of Little Rock
Book review and technical detail ELIZABETH AND HAZEL ~ Two Women of Little Rock David Margolick
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|Title||ELIZABETH AND HAZEL ~ Two Women of Little Rock|
|Publisher||Yale University Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An accident of racially answerable intimidation, captured on film, has abiding repercussions for two women. Margolick spent 12 years researching the chain histories of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery, two students—black and white, respectively—who accompanying abounding Arkansas’ Little Rock Central Aerial Academy in the 1950s. Eckford, a acute apprentice with lawyerly aspirations, was carefully aloft in a squat, awash house. Massery, the babe of a blood-soaked World War II veteran, was brought up poor but hopeful and easygoing, and she frequently played with atramentous accouchement as a girl. Though “Little Rock in the Eisenhower era was a ancestral checkerboard,” writes the author, its looming aerial academy still became the aboriginal Southern academy to become desegregated, which beatific Eckford, forth with eight added academy board–selected atramentous apprentice “trailblazers” (the “Little Rock Nine”), into predominantly white classrooms. This actuality incensed the 15-year-old Massery, who, backed by 250 angry, biased white citizens, acutely afraid Eckford, an activity that was captured and immortalized on blur by bi-weekly photojournalist Will Counts. Massery remained avaricious as the fallout from her accomplishments included accusation from both segregationists and the accustomed public. Eckford, calm with her chip classmates, would go on to abide years of corruption in school. Margolick’s impressively absolute assay is different amid added Central Aerial exposes in that it incorporates adapted actual adopted from media sources including interviews with eight of the school’s nine atramentous acceptance and statements in Eckford and Massery’s own words. Both of these women, he writes, were apathetic about revisiting their ordeal, alike to artlessly set the almanac straight—which the columnist accomplishes with adroit tact. Decades later, Massery’s amends and accretion embodied in an accordant but disappointingly brief friendship, abutting Eckford as she accustomed presidential accolades and while abnormally interviewed on Oprah. The anecdotal concludes with the pair’s antagonistic severance. “At this point,” he writes, “only Photoshop could accompany them together.” Riveting reportage of an abuse that still resonates with sociological significance.
The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation, and is an epic moment in the civil rights movement. This text tells the story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together.
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