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The long haul : an autobiography
Horton, Myles, 1905-1990.
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First edition.
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New York : Doubleday, [1990]

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xxi, 231 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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LC5301.M65 H69 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
LC5301.M65 H69 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In his own direct, plain-spoken style, Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School, a major catalyst for social change in the U.S. for more than 60 years. Filled with disarmingly honest insight and gentle humor, "The Long Haul" is an inspiring hymn to the possibility of social change.

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Booklist Review

Horton, the American activist who founded the Highlander Folk School, recently died, and the posthumous publication of this book is a fitting tribute to the man and his work. This autobiography has been assembled by Judith and Herbert Kohl from taped conversations with Horton and is augmented with selections and excerpts from Horton's letters, speeches, and writings. It is, however, very much a self-portrait: Horton himself narrates his experiences as an educator, discusses the evolution of his social philosophy, and recalls the continuous battle against racism and poverty that he made his life's work. The people who came to talk, learn, and teach at Horton's school form a significant pantheon in U.S. social history: Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Saul Alinsky, and Eleanor Roosevelt are but a few of the individuals who shared their ideas and thoughts in the conferences and workshops sponsored by the Highlander school. Their devotion to social progress and justice is generously documented by the testimony of Horton, who himself functioned as catalyst for their causes. --John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Horton aspires to a world in which all ``people are of worth . . . you not only have to love and respect people, but you have to think in terms of building a society that people can profit most from, and that kind of society has to work on the principle of equality.'' His Long Haul to help build such a world has led him from a Depression-era Tennessee family to the founding of the Highlander Folk School to a world-renowned position in the field of community education. From 1932 to its abrupt, politically motivated closing in 1961, the Highlander Folk School was a pioneer in experience-based education to address societal inequality in southern Appalachia. This book is primarily a treatise on the beliefs which governed Horton's life, rather than a traditional autobiography. (For a thorough history of the Highlander Folk School, see Aimee Isgrig Horton's Highlander Folk School , Carlson, 1989.)-- Annelle R. Huggins, Memphis State Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.