||Aug 15 2000
Southern Winds was created for future generations to learn what Southern American history is all about. There are two sides to every story and now
the second one has been told. Please share with me and enjoy, for I have lived and breathed every word of it.
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Click here, to listen to a review of Beal's book The life and times of a little boy that was born and bred in the brier patch in South Georgia. Segregation was his heritage and he had no idea what was in store for him in his future. Integration, before, during and after remained to be seen in the era ahead. Changes should be within,and not forced. Decisions were made for this young man, some against the grain and not readily accepted. But soon he began to realize that we all have our rights, that it is the character and conduct that a person is judged and not the color of their skin. Everett Beal relives the experience of many white Southerners who appreciate the pleasures of a slower paced life and lived peacefully with their black neighbors. He could not understand how that existence became one of distrust during the period of unrest? Yet Everett Beal comes back to the lessons of his parents to put it all in perspective- We are all human beings.
When the next generation makes its appearance,I hope all of this ethnic pushiness and frustration will be caught up in the undertow of time and washed out to sea.Those warm Southern winds will have blown away almost any vestige of these memories.
It's just like wee-weeing in the sand.There will be no evidence where it has gone.
Respect was taught on both sides of the tracks.It was instilled in us,like breathing in and out,
with no questions asked.I am positive that most of the wonderful colored folks that I had the pleasure of knowing during my life never questioned it either.
These things that were just taken for granted and accepted now seem to be flowing like a river, out to sea.
I only want this generation of black people to be able to perceive and understand the changes as seen from both sides of the tracks.There needs to be a compassionate understanding for all mankind and consideration given to the feelings of others.
Perhaps by walking a mile or two in my shoes, the white man's viewpoint might be easier to understand.
Ernest Vandiver Governor State of Georgia 1959-1963
I found Southern Winds to be a very interesting book and could not put it down until I had read it cover to cover.I was impressed with the way the book is written.There are so many people with whom I knew and events in the book of which I relived.
In the quest for knowledge and understanding about this era,I feel that this Southern Winds could serve as required reading for educational purposes.
Hans Tanzler Former five time Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
Surely the most devisive enigma facing America today is racial prejudice and disharmony in all its forms,Black and White. This fascinating book paints a sensitive picture for life for one White family in a small Georgia town before and after.A thought provoking flip-side that is equally deserving of compassion and consideration in our rush to judgement. Compulsory reading for all who seek understanding.
Raymond Francis Bernardo Who's Who of the World Jamestown,R.I.
Having lived the role of a yankee I had no idea of the changes that developed in the south.With the touch of the writer's pen and listening to the voice of a Southern gentleman I gained a much better understanding.
There seems to be another side of the story that was never told. Southern Winds explains the conflicts that arose, the changes that were forced and the reluctance in accepting them. I highly recommend this book for a better understanding of Southern American History.
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Reader Reviews for "Southern Winds, I lived and breathed every word of it."
|Reviewed by Everett Beal
|Yes it has been a pleasure for me to offer this book to the public.
It is available all over the world and when I place this one by Fatal Addiction on the table when I am having book signings, everyone wants to make a purchase of both books. When they see that I have written both. They love my style after a few pages and look forward
to reading each.I speak from my heart as you can feel. Everett Beal Rph.
|Thank you for "Southern Winds." The other side needs telling, not the "other" south, the "old" south, they are the ones who are left to pick up the pieces, both black and white, who must get beyond what has goine of and start dealing with the future.|
|Reviewed by Nina Osier
|The winds of social change blew through the American South at a time that to my generation seems like yesterday - but to U.S. children growing up now, it must surely seem as distant as the Civil War does to me. When those winds reached the community where he owned and ran an independent pharmacy, W. Everett Beal found himself forced to nap behind his counter each night with a loaded weapon at his side. That was the only way he could hope to protect his painfully built business from being firebombed or otherwise destroyed.
As a lifelong resident of "the whitest state in the Union," whose contacts with members of other races have never been like those of native-born Southerners, I found this memoir a fascinating read. Ever since I've known people of color (which didn't happen until I was a young adult), I've interacted with them as equals. College classmates, colleagues at professional conventions, next door neighbors, fellow parishioners at my church. One of my own books lists my very black former pastor in its acknowledgements, for his kindness and helpfulness during more than one life crisis. So, while Mr. Beal's book is by no means entirely about race relations (past or present), his comments on that theme - the experience of being a Southern man during a turbulent and dangerous era - truly intrigued and enlightened me.
However, that's only part of why I can recommend "Southern Winds" to my fellow readers who enjoy a well-written memoir. Mr. Beal's years as a columnist shine through his reminiscences of boyhood and young manhood. He knows how to tell a story, and he's included a very suitable mix of humorous, sad, and thought-provoking anecdotes in this, his first book. His stated goal is to share with his readers the culture that shaped him, and he has managed to do exactly that.
This is a truly a book written from the heart, with touching honesty. Whether or not you agree with everything Mr. Beal has to say, you will be richer for reading his words and coming to know the characters who have peopled his life. I certainly am!
|Reviewed by Anita Wills
|It reminds me, and African American, of the whites in my community who did not buy into the prejudices surrounding them. I did not live in the south, I lived in Pennsylvania, a place where some of my ancestors escaped to looking for freedom.
As a child growing up in the 50's there adds in the papers stating no coloreds need apply, or whites only. There were many whites who moved to Pennsylvania to get away from segregation, and were embarassed that it existed in Pennsylvania.
I have been blessed with friends who come in all colors of the rainbow, and know there is good, and bad in all groups. I believe forced segregation stunts the growth of everyone, especially if one group is give preferential treatement over another.
That is why I agree with the premise of southern winds.
|Reviewed by Ramsey Alexander, Jr.
|Very interesting and a setting I can identify with as Tennessean raised in a similar culture. Jim Crow and desegregation has a lot of similiarities. It is strange that equal education moved to integration when the issue was equal resources. I am drawing from post World War II experience through the mid 1960's and up to the present time.|
|Reviewed by Joyce Dixon,Southern Scribe
by W. Everett Beal
Writer's Showcase, 2000
Everett Beal looks back at his family history and the events that shaped his life on the border of Florida and Georgia. And much like the train from which the book takes its title, Southern Winds is a journey of change in the South where sometimes the winds blow calm as a summer breeze and sometimes with the force of a hurricane.
You could say that the character of a man is built over time by the heritage he possesses. In America, the Beals, the Bealls, and the Bells descended from a Scot named Ninean Beal who settled in Georgetown. He donated thirty of his thirty thousand acres to the creation of Washington, D.C. A direct descendent of Ninean Beal was the inventor of the telephone – Alexander Graham Bell. From this background as well as the lesson from his gentle parents, Everett Beal was taught to serve humanity and to treat others as you wish to be treated.
Beal sets the tone of his memoir by capturing the daily life of Valdosta, Georgia in the first half of the 20th Century and how World War II was a turning point for this country and the South. People worked hard and followed their faith. The black and white communities had separate schools, churches and communities; but there was an easygoing respect and acceptance of those in each race that treated each other with common decency.
As a boy, Beal appreciated the joy Black churches expressed during river baptisms. Often a Black man named James babysat him and his brother. The love between James and the boys was strong. It wasn’t uncommon for blacks who became close to a family to take on the names of uncle or aunt. The relationship was one of trust and kinship. True, in an era of Jim Crow, there were areas needing social change, but that change was coming at a gentle pace as most things move in the South.
Beal became a pharmacist and opened his store in Griffin, Georgia. Drug abuse is not a modern problem, Beal tells anecdotes of how addicts would use uncontrolled substances to get their fix. He would cut off their supply from his store, only to know they would go elsewhere and would one day see their name in the obituary section.
Pharmacists were often called “Doc” by the community and treated with respect. Also, the pharmacists felt a responsibility to their communities. Beal would often answer calls during the night to fill prescriptions. Once he saved a black man living across the street from his pharmacy, by breaking in and carrying him out of his burning house. He treated everyone with the same respect as they treated him.
The winds across the South became more violent after World War II. Where there had been a peaceful co-existence between whites and blacks, a tide of unrest was mounting. The civil rights activists often took a violent twists burning down downtown stores. Relationships that were civil became testy. Beal found himself staying in his pharmacy armed overnight to protect it from burners and looters. This was distressing to his beliefs about humanity.
Everett Beal relives the experience of many white southerners who appreciate the simple pleasures of a slower paced life and lived peacefully with their black neighbors. And how that existence became one of distrust during the period of unrest. Yet, Beal comes back to the lessons of his parents to put it all in perspective – we are all human beings.
Southern Scribe Reviews
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|Reviewed by Glenda Ivey
|Glenda Ivey, Author
"Southern Winds, the poignant literary debut of Everett Beal, is written with personal warmth and compassion, fairness and truth. This author's collection of memoirs takes a unique look at cultural changes that took place in the South during integration, along with establishing a strong sense of time and place. He not only takes you on a journey through those turbulent times, from a white
man's point of view, he stresses the importance of love and understanding among all races. Southern Winds is a 'must read' for anyone who lived through those stressful times and especially for those who didn't."
|Reviewed by susie harrison
|What a wonderful concept to put into words. Southern Winds crosses the invisible lines of prejudice on both sides and attempts to peacefully expose the just nature that white folk also had in a time of un-rest. Currently there is a reversal of discrimination amongst races and I often want to remind people myself that many white Americans sympathized with the plight of African Americans through out the century. But lost is the White mans role in the independence and freedoms of African Americans in today's society. I am glad that this fine author, Everrett Beale has the courage to bring this matter to light.|