They Got Daddy

One Family's Reckoning with Racism and Faith

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Pub Date 03 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 10 Mar 2023
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An unforgettable journey through racism and faith across the generations.

January 15, 1959—a day that changed one family forever. White supremacists kidnapped and severely beat rural Alabama preacher Israel Page, nearly killing him because he had sued a White sheriff's deputy for injuries suffered in a car crash. After "they" "got Daddy," Israel Page's children began leaving the Jim Crow South, the event leaving an indelible mark on the family and its future. Decades later, the events of that day fueled journalist Sharon Tubbs's epic quest to learn who had "gotten" her mother's daddy and why.

They Got Daddy follows Tubbs on her moving journey from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the back roads and rural churches of Alabama. A powerful revelation of the sustaining and redemptive power of faith and unflinching testimony to the deeply embedded effects of racism across the generations, it demonstrates how the search for the truth can offer a chance at true healing.

An unforgettable journey through racism and faith across the generations.

January 15, 1959—a day that changed one family forever. White supremacists kidnapped and severely beat rural Alabama preacher...


A Note From the Publisher

Read an excerpt in Salon posted January 2,2023

https://www.salon.com/2023/01/02/they-got-daddy-reckoning-with-my-grandfathers-kidnapping-racial-terror-and-our-familys-trauma/

Read an excerpt in Salon posted January 2,2023

https://www.salon.com/2023/01/02/they-got-daddy-reckoning-with-my-grandfathers-kidnapping-racial-terror-and-our-familys-trauma/


Advance Praise

Lots of writers have tackled America's historic abuses of Black people and Black families. But few handle the subject as deftly as Sharon Tubbs, whose They Got Daddy connects the trauma which reverberated through her own family history when her grandfather was abused by powerful white people, to the larger history of Black America's attempts to survive similar oppression. Her story is poignant and carefully told, filled with telling details and powerful writing, making the case that such injustices never stay in the past, but are passed through a family's DNA in a way that makes the trauma a living thing to be coped with every day. They Got Daddy provides important lessons on how to understand — and hopefully come to terms with — a legacy of oppression which remains a potent force in America to this day. ~Eric Deggans, National Public Radio, TV Critic and Media Analyst 


A gorgeous and haunting book spun so carefully you can smell the dirt roads and the shirt starch and the bologna sandwiches. You hear the poetry in the voices of the characters. You feel how suddenly darkness drops and meanness strikes, and how steadfastly the family of Preacher Page leans on its faith. A triumph of reporting and storytelling. ~Kelley Benham French, senior editor, USA Today; author of Juniper


In this compelling account of her preacher grandfather's 1959 kidnapping in the Jim Crow South, Tubbs unveils the tension between Black Americans' deep-rooted faith and their ongoing quest for full citizenship and justice. She brilliantly illustrates the persistent generational trauma that results from America's racially imbalanced social and legal systems for the oppressed and oppressor, the privileged and unprivileged, and the complacent and the activist, alike. ~Rev. Keisha I. Patrick, Esq.

Lots of writers have tackled America's historic abuses of Black people and Black families. But few handle the subject as deftly as Sharon Tubbs, whose They Got Daddy connects the trauma which...


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In They Got Daddy by Sharon Tubbs she shares her quest with us as she goes on a research journey to collect historical information about Black life in the twentieth century and the story of her grandparents and family. She shares powerful anecdotes from her family life that are brimming with examples of blatant discrimination, police brutality, racial injustice, and also all of the ways faith in God and the holding space of the church environment have helped her people, and Black folks, through it.

I enjoyed the timeline of events shared in Sharon's storytelling. I think her book is the blueprint for what many of us who feel disconnected from our lineage wish we could pull together in order to make a connection from the past to the present for ourselves.

I felt deeply touched by Tubb's rendering of the stories of Granddaddy and Big Mama. The events that led Graddaddy and many black men of his time turn to a pastoral calling and the ways that religion helped to soothe trouble mind and hearts. I will never forget the first time I attended a pentecostal church service with my own grandmother. The move of the spirit, the shouting, the humming, the dancing- Tubbs writes to this experience so beautifully: "After all they'd been through, the rejoiced in survival."

Readers who enjoy memoir and autobiographies will love this book. There is a way Tubb's is able to weave together the story of her own ancestors while telling the greater narrative of how the legacy of slavery has impacted and touched all of our families. And she does this with tenderness, grace, and care.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the e-arc copy!

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Just a few chapters in and I caught myself shaking my head in agreement time after time as I listed to They Got Daddy on my kindle app. So much of her story I was able to relate to but from the opposite side. I grew up in a racist family, by all accounts I should be racist. Just like Granddaddy got lucky that he wasn’t killed by those men, I am lucky that I had my eyes opened to a world outside what I was raised in.
Tubbs wrote this book in a way that feels almost like having a deep conversation with a friend. One where you don’t say ‘My great grand mother’ but instead you refer to her as ‘Big Momma’.
If you have ever faced racism, witnessed it or have been curious what it feel like, read this book. It is filled with raw emotion, heartfelt connection and grounded to earth experiences. This is a book that I will read again because I’m sure I missed a ton.
When reading this book, it should have you thinking about your own experiences in life. You will reflect on events where you overheard comments made and it will make you question your family, friends and even yourself on how you handled hearing racial remarks that are said in ‘good fun’ or ‘they know what I mean’.

Fantastic read.

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Whew this was a powerful story. I’m so glad this was my first read of the year and a 5 star at that! I really think everyone should take the time to read this. It’s short but filled with so much history and story.

Sharon Tubbs tells the story of how the Klan got her grandfather after choosing to go to trial for a car accident that left him disabled. I loved the illustration of family values and how all of Israel’s people stood with and for him. The patriarch of his family, Israel’s story is heartfelt, historical and poignant. It’s filled with faith and resilience from generation to generation. Racism is not dead and this details all of it, past to present. It begs you to pay attention and show action, not just say you’re an ally.

This made me think of my own grandparents, especially my grandfather. He lived a hard life and worked hard making sure his children and grandchildren did not live that same life and Israel Page certainly sacrificed and wanted the same for his offspring.

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