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You Cant Kill Hope A Fire You Cant Put Out by Andrew Manis is a very detailed biography of Fred Shuttlesworth The book highlights many events that took place during the Civil Rights movement and Shuttlesworths fight against segregation The most significant issue presented in my opinion is Shuttlesworths strong-willed personality which drove him to fight for a cause that he was willing to die for Fred raised in a family as the oldest child learned at an early age that he had to be strong like his mother Alberta The situations and people who surrounded him shaped Freds personality In his early adult life he converted to the Baptist denomination and realized his true dream was to become a preacher His strong religious beliefs and combative personality made him a very successful minister Fred would fight to integrate Birminghams buses schools lunch counters police force and parks During his adulthood he battled segregation and would nearly be killed three times The evidence that Fred would grow up to be a man with a combative personality with an authoritarian style was illustrated in his early years Being the oldest child in a family of nine children Fred had many responsibilities The Shuttlesworth family was poor and lived in a house with no electrical power and no running water The family experienced many hard times which built an essential toughness into Fred He was in charge of making sure all the chores were done before their mother got home He knew that his mother had a no-nonsense attitude when it involved home chores If the chores did not get done Fred knew that he and his siblings would be disciplined The authoritarian style his mother showed when dealing with the children would be the same style Fred would take on in his pastoral and civil rights work Along with a rough home environment Freds mother and stepfathers relationship was very turbulent Fred along with his brothers
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