By Margo Jefferson
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At as soon as incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac—here is a deeply felt meditation on race, intercourse, and American tradition during the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and schooling between a black elite fascinated with distancing itself from whites and the black generality whereas tirelessly measuring itself opposed to both.
Born in upper-crust black Chicago—her father was once for years head of pediatrics at Provident, on the time the nation’s oldest black health center; her mom was once a socialite—Margo Jefferson has spent such a lot of her lifestyles between (call them what you'll) the coloured aristocracy, the coloured elite, the blue-vein society. because the 19th century they've got stood aside, those population of Negroland, “a small area of Negro the USA the place citizens have been sheltered by means of a certain quantity of privilege and plenty.”
Reckoning with the strictures and calls for of Negroland at the most important ancient moments—the civil rights move, the sunrise of feminism, the fallacy of postracial America—Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a lifestyles trained by way of mental and ethical contradictions. acutely aware because it is of heart-wrenching depression and melancholy, this ebook is a victorious paean to the grace of perseverance.
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