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The outskirts of hope
Jo Ivester
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She Writes Press
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In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father transplanted his young family from a suburb of Boston to a small town in the heart of the Mississippi cotton fields, where he became the medical director of a clinic that served the poor population for miles around. But ultimately it was not Ivester's father but her mother-a stay-at-home mother of four who became a high school English teacher when the family moved to the South-who made the most enduring mark on the town. In The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester uses journals left by her mother, as well as writings of her own, to paint a vivid, moving, and inspiring portrait of her family's experiences living and working in an all-black town during the height of the civil rights movement.

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Jo Ivester spent two years of her childhood living in a trailer in Mound Bayou, where she was the only white student at her junior high. She finished high school in Florida before attending Reed, MIT, and Stanford in preparation for a career in transportation and manufacturing.
Following the birth of her fourth child, she became a teacher. She and her husband teach each January at MIT and travel extensively, splitting their time between Texas, Colorado, and Singapore.

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Teachers - Mississippi - Mound Bayou - Diaries.|Racism - Mississippi - Mound Bayou - History - 20th century.|Rural African Americans - Mississippi - Mound Bayou - Social conditions - 20th century.|Mound Bayou (Miss.) - Biography.
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