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The Color of Water

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James McBride A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother The Color of Water Ruth McBride Born April 1, 1921 James McBride Family Life Born September 11, 1957 12 Children Mameh A Polish Orthodox Jew crippled by polio.
Mameh was a gentle and good Jewish wife.
She was married to Fishel, and had one son and two daughters. She never learned to speak English, even though she lived in America for years. Thanks for watching She arrived in the United States on August 23,1923 on a boat called the Austergeist Ellis Island around 1923 This is the front of the ID card issued to each immigrant This is the back of the ID card issued to each immigrant Andrew Dennis McBride
graduated with a B.A. from Lincoln University, M.D. University of Pennsylvania Medical School, M.A. Public Health, Yale University, and is the Director of the Health Department, City of Stamford, CT. Rosetta McBride, B.A. Howard University; M.S.W. of Social Work, Hunter College. Staff Psychologist, New York Board of Education. William McBride, B.A. Lincoln University, M.D. Yale University School of Medicine. M.B.A. Emory University School of Business. Medical Director Southeast Region, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Merck & Co. Inc. David McBride, B.A. Denison University, M.A. of History Columbia University, Ph.D. of History, Columbia University. Chairman of African and African American History Department, Pennsylvania State University. Helen McBride Richter, R.N. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, G.O.N.P., Emory University School of Medicine, Graduate Student in Nurse Midwifery, Emory University School of Nursing. This is the front of the ID tag worn by all imigrants This is the back of the ID tag worn by all imigrants Ruth McBride's mother Hudis Shilsky Polio is an infection caused by a virus that affects the whole body including muscles and nerves. Before the polio vaccine, 13,000 to 20,000 people were paralyzed by polio.
1,000 people died from it each year in the United States.
Salk (inactivated) polio vaccine became available in 1955.
The last cases of paralytic polio in the U.S. was in 1979.
As of 2012, 5 countries remain infected with the virus including Afghanistan, Chad, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Niger.
Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention by way of vaccination. While the McBride children were growing up they were dealing with the problems of segregation and racism Here is what it was like to come to America in 1923 This is what it was like to come to America in 1923 Ruth married twice first to Rev. Andrew McBride and then to Hunter Jordan Prezi By:
James Allen
Jeanette Ripley Richard McBride, U.S. Army Vetetran, B.A. Cheney University in Chemistry; M.S. Drexel University; Associate Professor of Chemistry Cheney State University
Chemistry Research Associate, AT&T. Dorothy McBride Wesley, A.A. Pierce Junior College; B.A. LaSalle University, Medical Practice Office Manager, Atlanta, Georgia James McBride, B.A. Oberlin College; M.S.J., Journalism, Columbia University; Writer, Composer, Musician. Kathy Jordan, B.A., Syracuse University; M.S. of Education, Long Island University; Special Education Teacher, Ewing High School, Ewing, New Jersey. Judy Jordan, B.A., Adelphi University; M.A. Columbia University Teachers College; Teacher JHS 168 Manhattan, Manhattan, New York Hunter Jordan, B.S. Computer Engineering, Syracuse University: Computer Consultant, U.S. Trust Corporation. Henry Jordan, junior at North Carolina A&T University; Customer Service and Purchasing, Neal Manufacturing, Inc. Greensboro, North Carolina. Ellis Island Era Immigration Statistics

By the Numbers
Total immigration to the United States during the 1880s: 5.2 million
Total immigration to the United States during the 1890s: 3.7 million
Total immigration to the United States during the 1900s: 8.8 million
Total immigration to the United States during the 1910s: 5.7 million
Total immigration to the United States during the 1920s: 4.1 million
Total immigration to the United States during the 1930s: 0.5 million Black Panther The story of a single parent raising biracial children, through racism, abuse, and cultural differences. Readers may like how the story is broken up into two different parts. It is like having two stories in one book. Is James McBride's mother To really learn more about the author, just read The Color of Water since it tells all about him. Some readers may not be interested in this story because the narration often changes, and they use a lot of Yiddish words, which can make the book hard to follow. This is not a book for an action seeker, but this story can be appreciated by all. This book is definitely for anyone who loves true stories or biographies. Anyone who reads this book will find something they can relate to in their own life. The Black Panthers played a strong role in James McBride's life and his sibling's especially Dennis Who are the Black Panthers? The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride is a story about the author’s life growing up, and how he struggled with his own identity and his search to find out about his mother. One way James McBride tries to find out about race is he asks his mother,“What color is God?” She replied, “God is not black or white he is a spirit.” (p.51)Then James McBride asks, “What color is God’s spirit?” His mother says, “God is the color of water.” (p.51) There is James McBride’s story of growing up and trying to figure out life and his own identity. Then there is the mother’s story, Ruth McBride telling how she grew up and her trials in life and things she had to overcome. Her story focuses on the racial problems the family is subjected to because of this. It also shows us the way she is shunned by her own family and all the heartache and sadness she has to endure along the way. Ruth McBride describes growing up Jewish in America in the 1930’s, and how she became a mother to twelve African American children. Then the story turns into a love story of an interracial couple trying to make it in the 1940's, when that was beyond unacceptable to society. It took her first husband a while before he would marry her saying, "The world isn't ready for us yet."(p.196) She strives to give her children a better life and education. The book tells us about a mother who will push her children to do better than she has by forcing them to go away for school, like a bulldozer would force a pile of dirt into a hole. James McBride is a writer, musician, and screen writer His novel Miracle at St. Anna was turned into a motion picture, which he wrote the script for. He has written 3 novels He also co-wrote and co-produced a film called Red Hook Summer and is releasing a new novel in 2013. The Author James McBride Miracle at St. Anna
The color of Water
Song yet Sung http://www.jamesmcbride.com/ James is a native New Yorker and a graduate of  New York City public schools. He studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 22. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. One part of his story that is fascinating was when James McBride would describe how he grew up with eleven other siblings. He even says “My brothers and sisters were my best friends, but when it comes to food my worst enemies.” (p.65) Throughout James McBride's story the reader can feel the love he had for his siblings and especially his mother. As James McBride becomes an adult, he suffers challenges of his own with rebellion and drugs. As a man he eventually starts to learn about his mother’s upbringing and why she is way she is. He gains an understanding behind her actions, which sometimes seemed harsh. He becomes a writer and interviews his mother to find out all he can about her. Citations Citations The Color of Water PowePpoint. N.d. Photograph.
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