About the Book
What started as a simple internet search for Ironmaster movie star and bodybuilder, Sam Pasco, and what had happened to him, ended in the author’s deeper understanding of why things are the way they are in our American society with respect to civil rights. Discovered along the way was Pasco’s great-grandfather, also named Sam Pasco, a Confederate Civil War hero and United States Senator from Florida, alive during the emancipation of African Americans – who share a common struggle with gays against oppression, from the slave revolt at Harpers Ferry in 1859 to the gay riots at Stonewall in 1969. Professional researcher, analyst and statistician Tim McElhinny is your guide, peppered with his humorous and heartfelt dialogue and probing insight into the political nature of civil rights in our American society from the Civil War to modern times for two of our nation’s most oppressed populations – gays and African Americans, who represent 3.5 percent and 13 percent of the U.S. population, or in other words, tens of millions of people. Join him as he takes you on his odyssey of unlocking the mysterious past of Sam Pasco after a chance viewing of a long-forgotten copy of the cult classic movie, Ironmaster. Painstakingly researched through archival sources and personal accounts from those who knew both Pascos, he will both entertain and enlighten you on the history of civil rights in America, perhaps even inspire you to chronicle a biographical journey of your own invention.
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