Negroland: A Memoir.

Author(s): groland: A Memoir By Margo Jefferson

Date: Format: EPUB Language: English ISBN/ASIN: 0307378454
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At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiachere is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the authors rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in upper-crust black Chicagoher father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nations oldest black hospital her mother was a socialiteMargo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty. Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical momentsthe civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of postracial AmericaJefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance.

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