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Negroland : a memoir

Author: Margo Jefferson
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Anecdotes
Named Person: Margo Jefferson; Jefferson family.; Margo Jefferson; Jefferson family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margo Jefferson
ISBN: 9780307378453 0307378454
OCLC Number: 898228286
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
Description: 248 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Margo Jefferson.
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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. (With 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)"--

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