Book Review: Bates, Long Shadow of Little Rock
Daisy Bates, the author of “The Long Shadow of Little Rock”, is a civil rights activist, newspaper writer and an officer in the NAACP. In the book, “The Long Shadow of Little Rock”, she writes about the hate, anger and segregation of blacks in Arkansas. The book is presented more as an autobiography of the author herself, although the story of the integration of nine black students in the Little Rock Central High School in 1957 takes spotlight in the book. Bates mentions about the hardship of her and the nine other students in the effort to defy local segregation and bring integration in the school, as well as in the whole of the US.
The author has been able to provide the facts of what racial prejudice was back then in the 1950s. She gives a hint that the whites back then had the right to do anything on blacks duri
The whites would get better facilities in big and new schools, and the blacks had to depend on the poor conditions of their segregated schools. All in all, this book is a valuable source of information for anyone who wants to know more about Daisy Bates, as well as the Little Rock Central High integration incident of 1957. She also mentions about the differences in education for whites and blacks. ng then when she writes about the brutal killing of her mother in a rape attempt by three white men. She was the one who helped the nine black students attend the Little Rock Central High. And she was the one who took care of the students despite of the fact that she received numerous threats, especially from the then influential white community. This book is an important source of information about the incident of the Little Rock Central High crisis, as well the life story of Daisy Bates herself. Moreover, the author, who is a black female from the south, had already seen a lot of segregating activities. In being so, this book seems to be a one-sided comprehensive autobiography of Mrs. This grew into a personal commitment in her to help the black community. This can be clearly seen in her articles in her newspaper, as well as in action during the Little Rock Central High Crisis. She also fails to give enough information about what happened to the Little Rock Central High as well as the integration process after the school was shut down for a year and thenafter. Such courage of her did influence everybody to fight for the right of not only the nine students but the black community as a whole.