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Negroland : a memoir

By: Jefferson, Margo

1783783397 / 9781783783397
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United Kingdom
20 cm 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Pantheon Books, 2015.

The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite.

She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty'.

With privilege came expectation. 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.


BGHA Autobiography: historical, political & military, BM Memoirs, HBJK History of the Americas, JFSL3 Black & Asian studies

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