The Broken Road by Peggy Wallace Kennedy
Reviewed by Janet Blakeney
Imagine being the young daughter of one of America’s most notorious segregationists and watching while your beloved “Daddy” blocked the schoolhouse door as two African American students tried to enter.
In the book The Broken Road, you will go on a journey with Peggy Wallace Kennedy as she weaves her way through the many emotions that are a part of being the daughter of Alabama Governor George Wallace. Those emotions run the gamut: from the innocence of a child’s perspective, to being horrified by her Father’s actions, she wrestles with and finally comes to grips with what it means to be a loving daughter and yet stand for the principles you know to be right.
Mrs. Wallace Kennedy revisits a turbulent time in our country’s history with a firsthand account of what it was like to actually live through it, and as painful as the recollections must have been for her, she never flinches or glosses over the facts. I highly recommend The Broken Road as one of the most memorable books I have read this year.