Negroland : a memoir

Title
Negroland : a memoir

Author
Jefferson, Margo, 1947- author.

ISBN
9781504681544
 
9781504681568

Edition
Unabridged.

Physical Description
7 audio discs (approximately 8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.

General Note
Compact discs.

Personal Subject
Jefferson, Margo, 1947--Childhood and youth.
 
Jefferson family.

Subject Term
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.

Geographic Term
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.

Genre
Audiobooks
 
Autobiographies.

Added Author
Miles, Robin

Local Subject
Spoken compact disc collection.

Summary
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.


LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)AudiobookSCD 921 JEFFERSON 7 DISCS11Audiobooks Nonfiction
Park Grove Library (Cottage Grove)AudiobookSCD 921 JEFFERSON 7 DISCS11Audiobooks Nonfiction
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)AudiobookSCD 921 JEFFERSON 7 DISCS11Audiobooks Nonfiction