Negroland: a memoir

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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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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 -- Illinois -- Chicago Region -- 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
Elite (Social sciences) -- Illinois -- Chicago Region
Jefferson family
Jefferson, Margo, -- 1947- -- Childhood and youth
title_displayNegroland : a memoir
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Negroland : a memoir [electronic resource] Jefferson, Margo, 1947-
Negroland A Memoir
title_shortNegroland
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topic_facetAfrican American girls
African American women
African Americans
Biography & Autobiography
Childhood and youth
Elite (Social sciences)
History
Jefferson family
Jefferson, Margo
Multi-Cultural
Nonfiction
Race identity
Race relations
Social conditions
Social life and customs
Sociology