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The Garretts of Columbia

A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration

David Nicholson



Published: Jan 9 2024


Published: Jan 9 2024

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Published: Jan 9 2024


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A writer in search of his roots discovers stories of African American struggle, sacrifice, and achievement.

In The Garretts of Columbia, author David Nicholson tells a multigenerational story of Black hope and resilience. Carefully researched and beautifully written, The Garretts of Columbia engages readers with stories of a family whose members believed in the possibility of America. Nicholson relates the sacrifices, defeats, and affirming victories of a cohort of stalwart men and women who embraced education, fought for their country, and asserted their dignity in the face of a society that denied their humanity and discounted their abilities.

The letters of Anna Maria "Mama" Threewitts Garrett, along with other archival sources and family stories passed down through generations, provided the framework that allowed Nicholson to trace his family's deep history, and with it a story about Black life in segregated Columbia, SC, from the years after the Civil War to World War II.

David Nicholson is a former editor and book reviewer for the Washington Post Book World and author of Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City. Nicholson has worked as a reporter in San Francisco; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Dayton, Ohio. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and son.

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