Being somebody and black besides : an untold memoir of midcentury black life (eBook, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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Being somebody and black besides : an untold memoir of midcentury black life

Author: George B Nesbitt; Prexy Nesbitt; Robert Zebulun Larson; St Clair Drake; Imani Perry
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2021]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Like many twentieth-century Black families, the Nesbitts achieved an incredible transformation over the course of a single generation: from performing manual labor on the rural farms of the deep south to holding advanced degrees and owning property in the urban midwest, their family's story was lived or dreamed of by many who moved north during the Great Migration. In Being Somebody and Black Besides, George B.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Biography
Electronic books
Autobiographies
Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Nesbitt, George B., 1912-2002.
Being somebody and black besides.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2021]
(DLC) 2021016881
(OCoLC)1241244259
Named Person: George B Nesbitt
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George B Nesbitt; Prexy Nesbitt; Robert Zebulun Larson; St Clair Drake; Imani Perry
ISBN: 9780226716831 022671683X
OCLC Number: 1286279379
Description: 1 online resource (xliv, 298 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Foreword / Imani Perry --
A note on St. Clair Drake's "Foreword" / Sandra Drake --
Foreword to the George Nesbitt Manuscript / St. Clair Drake --
A note on the manuscript / Prexy Nesbitt --
Preface --
Our family's great migration : growing up Black in the shadow of the university --
A family which stayed together --
Learning to be somebody --
The comfort of my Negroness --
Going to university : labor and learning --
Town and gown : the difficulty of navigating two worlds --
Lawyer by day, redcap at night : union organizing and rabble rousing --
The army and its apartheid : the racial system in the war years --
The ugly specter of race discrimination --
Poking at the good, white liberals : discrimination veiled and rationalized --
An exceptional family in the Lawndale ghetto --
The future of our people --
Postscript.
Responsibility: George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry.

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An immersive multigenerational memoir that recounts the hopes, injustices, and triumphs of a Black family fighting for access to the American dream in the twentieth century.  Read more...

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"If his story comes off unremarkable, that's because he presented himself as unremarkable. Which is an odd thing to write. To say Nesbitt was ordinary is to suggest guts, humility and decency are Read more...

 
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