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Negroland: a memoir

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Grouped Work ID495bac63-3879-61bf-c197-abb1a6822171
Grouping Titlenegroland
Grouping Authormargo jefferson
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-11-27 07:30:39AM
Last Indexed2020-11-27 07:43:26AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780307378453

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display_descriptionWinner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2015
New York Times: Dwight Garner's Best Books of 2015
Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2015
Los Angeles Times: 31 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015
Marie Claire: Best Books of 2015
Vanity Fair: Best Book Gifts of 2015
TIME Best Books of 2015

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac—here is 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 with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.

Born 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 postracial 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 photographs.)
From the Hardcover edition.
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subject_facetAfrican American girls -- Illinois -- Chicago Region -- Social conditions -- 20th century
African American women -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
African Americans -- Race identity
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes
Chicago Region (Ill.) -- Biography
Chicago Region (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Anecdotes
Elite (Social sciences) -- Illinois -- Chicago Region
Jefferson family
Jefferson, Margo, -- 1947- -- Childhood and youth
title_displayNegroland : a memoir
title_fullNegroland : a memoir / Margo Jefferson
Negroland A Memoir
title_suba memoir
topic_facetAfrican American girls
African American women
African Americans
Biography & Autobiography
Childhood and youth
Elite (Social sciences)
Jefferson family
Jefferson, Margo
Race identity
Race relations
Social conditions
Social life and customs