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  • Author: Margo Jefferson
  • Brand: Vintage
  • UPC: 9780307473431
  • Item #: 1797081X
  • Available Date: 8/23/2016
  • Model Number: 9780307473431
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic: a National Book Award-winning memoir that gives us an insider’s account of the African American elite, a rarefied culture concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both.

Born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago—her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital; her mother was a socialite—Margo Jefferson was raised in a society of racial exceptionalism. Now, in these pages, Jefferson takes us into this insular and discerning culture, starting with its origins in the antebellum free Negros who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South, and continuing to the author’s lived experience through the civil rights movement and the fallacy of post-racial America. Vividly capturing Negroland’s infinitesimal gradations of status, Jefferson shows us a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements, where the Talented Tenth carefully 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 deeply felt meditation on race, gender, and American culture.

About the Author

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. Her writing also has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York, and The New Republic. She is author of On Michael Jackson (2006) and is a professor of writing at Columbia University.

Product Details

  • With black & white illustrations
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

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