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Negroland : a memoir
- New York : Pantheon Books, 
- First edition.
- 248 pages ; 23 cm
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- Jefferson, Margo, 1947- — Childhood and youth.
- Jefferson family.
- African American women — Illinois — Chicago — Biography.
- African Americans — Race identity.
- Elite (Social sciences) — Illinois — Chicago Region.
- African American girls — Illinois — Chicago Region — Social conditions — 20th century.
- African Americans — Illinois — Chicago — Social life and customs — 20th century.
- Chicago (Ill.) — Race relations — History — 20th century — Anecdotes.
- Chicago Region (Ill.) — Social life and customs — 20th century — Anecdotes.
- Chicago Region (Ill.) — Biography.
- "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.)"--
- Other information
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-248).
- Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
- Identifying numbers
- LCCN: 2015006843
- OCLC: 898228286
- OCLC: 898228286