Negroland

Negroland

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite Margo 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 moments the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America Jefferson 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.
Publisher: ©2015
New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307378453
Branch Call Number: 305.896 JEF
Characteristics: 248 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,22 cm.

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