Bloody Toombs

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"Bloody Toombs" is the autobiographical work of Bob Darby, a lifelong human rights activist. Darby came of age as a privileged Caucasian in the segregated South during the civil rights era. America was engulfed in a war at home as well as the Vietnam War, the last military conflict when young men were drafted. Darby's stance against racism and the war created a rift between himself and some of his closest relatives and friends in his small hometown in Toombs County, Georgia. Darby says Toombs County was called "Bloody Toombs" because of its alleged lawlessness and violence, often of a racial nature.

When Darby graduated from Emory University and enrolled at Ivy League schools in the East-Harvard and Tufts-he found many comrades who shared his admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders as well as his dedication to the anti-war movement. Darby embraced the freedom of the late 1960's, studied hard to excel in his classes, and was very proud to find a paid position as an anti-war activist in California. Few of Darby's friends realized that the crusading anti-racism, peace activist was also fighting a very personal war to ignore the beckoning red clay grave he imagined waiting for him in Georgia. The sensitive and brilliant young man's manic depression sometimes led to wild exuberance and other times to suicidal thoughts and attempts to end his life.

This is the first edition of "Bloody Toombs" to be offered publicly. It omits the original Chapter One, wherein Darby described incestuous sexual assaults he was forced to endure as a pubescent boy, which he blames for triggering his bipolar disorder. Despite Darby's challenges, or perhaps because of them, he rejected the teachings of his conservative, elite background to become a man with tremendous empathy for downtrodden people. Darby's life is one of service as a civil rights advocate, an anti-war activist, and the founder of "Food Not Bombs" in Atlanta. "Bloody Toombs" proves that Darby is also a masterful writer who makes one feel a part of his adventures, his passion for social justice, and his quest for normalcy.

Bloody Toombs

Memoir and Allegory

Authored by Bob Darby
Edition: 3

Toombs County, Georgia is named after Robert Toombs, a Confederate General in the Civil War. For many decades, it has been called "Bloody Toombs" because of its reputation for alleged lawlessness and violence, often of a racial nature.

The memoir "Bloody Toombs" is about growing up white and privileged in Toombs County during the fifties and sixties; coming of age in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement; being an antiwar activist in San Francisco, Boston, and Atlanta during the Vietnam War; and studying at Tufts and Harvard after graduating from Emory University in the late sixties. Much of the book chronicles the author's affliction with manic depression, which has been in remission since 1991. "Bloody Toombs" is called an "allegory" as it deals with social and ethical issues of universal application and concern.

Publication Date:
1512301981 / 9781512301984
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists

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