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Negroland: A Memoir

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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 Margo Jefferson'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-Margo Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heartwrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance.

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subject_facet20th Century -- United States
African American Studies -- Ethnic Studies
African American women -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
African Americans -- Race identity
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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes
Cultural Heritage -- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Downloadable audio books
Electronic books
Elite (Social sciences) -- Illinois -- Chicago
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Jefferson family
Jefferson, Margo, -- 1947- -- Childhood and youth
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
title_displayNegroland : a memoir
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Negroland A Memoir
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Negroland [electronic resource] : a memoir / Margo Jefferson
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Jefferson, Margo
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