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For My Father

The Story of My Life (1910-2000): Volume One of an Autobiography



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For My Father: The Story of My Life (1910-2000): Volume One of an Autobiography by Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson

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The author had a varied view of the shifting world during nine decades of the Twentieth Century. Her conventional life as an Army daughter ended abruptly in 1922 when her father died. She lived in Washington DC with her widowed mother, with the exception of years at college in the US and abroad. Her professional life as a staff member at the Library of Congress ended when an irregular relationship evolved into pregnancy. She and the child and the child's father joined forces in southern Maryland, on an abandoned farm where all their neighbors were black. During the following 17 years, the author was the family breadwinner, with three children, a situation that at one time led the family to near destitution. She recovered, and gradually moved up the Civil Service career ladder to positions of responsibility, at last as a translator for the US Patent Office. In subsequent years, she became interested in ancient history and traveled extensively, gathering material for a book on the Later Roman Empire. Other historical works followed, as well as historical novels. In her varied career, the author gained insights into the difficulties of uneducated single mothers, and of rural blacks. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement, going to Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer" as a member of a biracial team. "For My Father" offers thumbnail sketches of a variety of public figures, all the way from Buffalo Bill to Alfred North Whitehead, Norman Thomas, Walter Reuther, and Jesse Jackson.
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July 29th, 2004
Country of Publication
United States
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