Amazing Grace Essay

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Amazing Grace Mari Bednar Ouachita Baptist University The book I chose to read is Amazing Grace by Jonathon Kozol. Kozol was born on September 5, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in the town of Newton until it was time for him to go to school. Most of his schooling was done at Harvard, and he also received a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. In the year of 1964, he left his home in Cambridge and started working with the lower-class people in Boston. It was a very low-income job, and he worked with mainly African-Americans in one particular neighborhood in the area. He didn’t really get to go around to different places; instead he stayed in one particular area. However, he helped these people a lot and he succeeded, which helped him later go farther in his career. In 1967, his first book, Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of Hearts and Minds of Negro children in Boston Public Schools. This book was a book written upon his experiences as the teacher in Boston. He won an award for this, which could have really been one of the causes of his career. This sparked his mind for more books, and more opportunities to write. His next book, illiterate American, which was written in the year of 1980, was a booked based on his experiences learning about the problems of adults that did not know how to read or write. Most of his books were based on his life experiences and things that he has learned through them. He wrote many non-fiction books, he was an educator, and one of his best-known books was a book written on public education in the United States. He had a heart for people that were low income and not as high in the social class. This is what brought him to write Amazing Grace, which he said meant the most to him. In an interview with Americans Who Tell the Truth, He said, “ “Of all my books, Amazing Grace means the most to me.

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