The Resource Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson

Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson

Label
Negroland : a memoir
Title
Negroland
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Margo Jefferson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Summary
A highly personal meditation on race, sex and American culture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic traces her upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10443392
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jefferson, Margo
Dewey number
305.896/0730773110904
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jefferson, Margo
  • Jefferson family
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • African Americans
  • Chicago (Ill.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-248)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781783783021
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-248)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781783783021
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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