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Stand Upside Down by Adolphus A. Ward


STAND UPSIDE DOWN – this novel grew out of the personal and professional experiences of one man.

His name is Calvin Tallman.

A presidential executive order had introduced Affirmative Action to the American workplace and challenges to its implementation were in the courts before the ink was dry. The intent of the order was to put African Americans and others in jobs that historically denied them entry. The order specifically applied to those workplaces doing business with the federal government. By the mid-1980s Affirmative Action was taking its most lethal blows from the office of the president of the United States. 

The apparent irony is that the beginning place of Affirmative Action would ultimately lead to its end.

Workers in every area of the American workforce quickly picked up the president's mantra to abandon government regulations, enforcement, and found personal ways to express their frustration with Affirmative Action. The setting for this story is the Midwest-city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the American Motors Corporation (AMC) based there.

Stand Upside Down is for lovers of a good story. Educators could find Harvest entertaining and informative as supplemental reading in such courses as American History, Ethnic Studies, Social Studies, and African and African American Studies.


A brief Biography of ADOLPHUS A. WARD

Adolphus was born one February morning 1935 in Colt, Arkansas. Two month following his birth, in his mother's arms, he was on a train bound for Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he spent the formative years of his life. He experienced a debilitating kidney disease from the age of seven to nine. He survived and continues to maintain good health. 

For reasons he still finds impossible to explain, his interest in attending school waned – he just stopped attending at the tenth grade. His interest in education was revived while serving in the US Marine Corps. There he earned a GED. After more than four years of military service he continued his pursuit for learning and in 1975 earned a Master's Degree in Education, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. 

Adolphus has married twice, with step and natural children only by his first wife, and twice divorced. He is single and resides in Reseda, California. He has held management positions in government, business, industry, and education.

In 1984 Adolphus left a management position in the auto industry after twice being passed over for promotion. He decided he'd stop waiting for someone else to give him opportunities – instead he'd create them. Adolphus decided to become a professional fiction writer and actor. He is now an independent writer and has written and published three novels – "Harvest The Dust," "Milk The Iron Cow," and "Stand Upside Down." He has completed works for stage and screen.

He continues performing, amassing notable credits on screen and stage. Retired now, he continues to devote himself to what he loves doing: Writing and Acting.

         Adolphus A. Ward



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