Back from the South

A Couple’s Transitions from Segregation to Integration

by Teressa V. Staten PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/11/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781480846449
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781480846432
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781480846456

About the Book

In Back from the South, author Dr. Teressa V. Staten offers an autobiographical picture of how events of the segregated South defined her character and that of her late husband, John. This African-American couple was married forty-one years until a tragic accident ended John’s life.

This memoir chronicles how Teressa and John overcame blatant racism to achieve numerous accomplishments. It shares the couple’s personal struggles with depression and the unexpected, heartbreaking suicide of their son. Back from the South explores the positive and negative consequences of being the first to integrate many situations in a rapidly evolving culture resistant to change. Staten describes how their character, education, and sheer determination led them to leave their hometowns in the South, move to the north, and work through institutional odds to become middle-class Americans, often being the first blacks to work and live in all-white workplaces and communities.

Covering a span of a half century, Back from the South provides insight into one couple’s pilgrimage during the height of the civil rights movement.

About the Author

Teresa V. Staten, PhD, earned a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan and did post-doctoral study at Harvard University. She has written articles in educational journals, magazines, and has also written technical documents related to education policy. Staten held positions at all levels of education and retired as Chief Deputy Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education.