A Memoir
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD23003
Released: Dec 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504681568
Narrator/s: Robin Miles
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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.

Author(s): Margo Jefferson
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2015

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Author(s): Margo Jefferson
Narrator(s): Robin Miles
Product Number Z100017064
Released: Dec 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504681506
Author(s): Margo Jefferson
Product Number EB00591178
Released: Sep 08, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9781101870648

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"Robin Miles narrates this insightful memoir, which traces the history of the black elite in America. What was it like growing up a light-skinned "Negro" who was part of the black aristocracy? Margo Jefferson, daughter of a pediatrician father and socialite mother, describes how educated upper-class light-skinned blacks have lived among whites from the Colonial period through the present. Miles's narration grows more emotional when the memoir describes Jefferson's youth in 1950s and '60s Chicago. All in all, Miles delivers a fascinating view of black class structure, attitudes on color, civil rights, feminism, privilege, and the fight for equality in white and black society. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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