Long Haul: An Autobiography, the

Myles Horton, Author, Herbert R. Kohl, With, Judith Kohl, With
Myles Horton, Author, Herbert R. Kohl, With, Judith Kohl, With Doubleday Books $21.95 (231p) ISBN 978-0-385-26313-9
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Grandson of an illiterate ``mountain man'' and son of a poor Tennessee farmer, Horton worked his way through college and university studies and, after becoming a labor union organizer, founded and directed the Tennessee-based Highlander Folk School (now the Highlander Research and Education Center), with the missions to mobilize voter registration among blacks, further the cause of unions and support civil rights. In this ``autobiography'' coauthored with the Kohls ( View from the Oak ), Horton describes the struggle to keep Highlander going despite accusations of its Communist orientation, and recalls the people (Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Saul Alinsky, Eleanor Roosevelt) and movements that developed or gained inspiration there. A believer in freedom not only of speech but of individual thought, Horton stresses that he has never cast his lot with Communism but tried to provide opportunities for oppressed people to advance themselves. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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