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Author Jefferson, Margo, 1947- author.

Title Negroland : a memoir / Margo Jefferson.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Cherry Valley PLD Adult Biography - CHVY-13  B JEFFERSON    AVAILABLE
 DeKalb PL Adult Biography - DKLY-12  B JEF    AVAILABLE
 East Dubuque DL Stacks - EDLY-13  B JEF    AVAILABLE
 East Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - EMPG-6  B JEF    AVAILABLE
 Ella Johnson Memorial PL Stacks - EJMY-11  305.896 JEF    AVAILABLE
 Joliet Twp HS SD 204 - West Campus Adult Non-Fiction - JWHB-1  B 920 JEFFERSON    AVAILABLE
 Kankakee PL Third Floor - KKBB-2  305.896 JEFFERSON    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-6  B JEF    AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Biography - NLBB-1  B JEF    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Biography - NSLY-11  B JEF    AVAILABLE

Edition First edition.
Description 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-248).
Summary "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.)"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Jefferson, Margo, 1947- -- Childhood and youth.
Jefferson family.
African American women -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African Americans -- Race identity.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Illinois -- Chicago.
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780307378453 (hardcover)
0307378454 (hardcover)

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