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Negroland : A Memoir
by Margo Jefferson


Overview - Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the Heartland Prize

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post , Los Angeles Times , Time , Vanity Fair , Marie Claire , Time Out New York , Minneapolis Star Tribune , Kansas City Star , Men's Journal , Oprah .com

Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the Heartland Prize

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Time Out New York, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kansas City Star, Men's Journal, Oprah.com

Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. In these pages, Jefferson takes us into this insular and discerning society: "I call it Negroland," she writes, "because I still find 'Negro' a word of wonders, glorious and terrible."

Negroland's pedigree dates back generations, having originated with antebellum free blacks who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South. It evolved into a world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs--a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements, where the Talented Tenth positioned themselves as a third race between whites and "the masses of Negros," and where the motto was "Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment." At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, Negroland is a landmark work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307473431
  • ISBN-10: 0307473430
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.25 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Cultural Heritage
Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
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