Grease Monkey: Races, Racers, and Racism, Collide Head-On Steven G. Percifield

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Grease Monkey: Races, Racers, and Racism, Collide Head-On  by  Steven G. Percifield

Grease Monkey: Races, Racers, and Racism, Collide Head-On by Steven G. Percifield
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Fascinated by the automobiles that are beginning to dot the roads of the early twentieth century, twelve-year-old Indiana farm boy Herschel Gulley is thrust into the head-of-household role when his young, but ailing father passes. Herschel wouldMoreFascinated by the automobiles that are beginning to dot the roads of the early twentieth century, twelve-year-old Indiana farm boy Herschel Gulley is thrust into the head-of-household role when his young, but ailing father passes. Herschel would always remember his fathers parting words: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.Responsible for the well-being of his pregnant mother, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters, he takes on the responsibilities of running the familys subsistence-size farm.

All the while he develops the mechanical and driving skills that eventually make him a nationally-recognized dirt-track driver and take him and his best friend, mechanic, and partner, Johnny Gleason-a black man-to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.But to achieve their mutual goal of running (and maybe even winning) at the 500, they must circumnavigate the racial barriers that prevent blacks-or a white man with a black partner-from participating.

These obstacles seem insurmountable in a state where the governor and half the general assembly are said to be members of the Ku Klux Klan.



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