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  1. says:

    This is a wonderful book The author's story of the slings and arrows of outrageous racism in a country that is supposed to have overcome it's dreadful past now Obama is a two term president is interesting We hear so little from the African American middle and upper classes Many people from my island where they are kings

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    Negroland by Margo Jefferson is her memoir of growing up in an upperclass African American household in Chicago during the 1950s and '60s While Jefferson does discuss her upbringing she also discusses what it means for her to be African American in this country in terms of class race and gender From all these anecdotes I gleaned Jefferson's definitive take on race and for this I rate the book 4 stars Margo Jefferson was born in 19

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    It was very interesting and a rare glimpse into the world of privileged African Americans It is a memoir however it reads less like a novel and like non fictionessay

  4. says:

    Stray thoughts about Negroland What if Roxanne Gay was born 30 years earlier? That's what kept running through my mind as I

  5. says:

    Honest talk I would totally have DNFed this if I hadn't felt uncomfortable about not finishing a book on race that everybody else seems to love I just kept hoping for something I just didn't like the writing style at all as it seemed incoherent and disjointed I had a really hard time figuring out if she was uoting from old journals or magazines talking to methe reader or telling a story of her childhood The writing style made the whole s

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    While evoking another era America in the 1950s and 1960s Margo Jefferson’s Negroland A Memoir is still relevant to the current social and political climate Jefferson defines privilege afforded to African American elites in this historical context How this privilege is defined against other groups even when referring to ancestry is much complex than any racial or cultural identification It is about belonging a

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    There was much to absorb and ponder in Margo Jefferson’s Negroland a fascinating recollection of life growing up in the titular purgatory between two worlds centered on race class and wealth in a changing American landscape Jefferson’s parents were well to do professionals “comfortable” as her mother described it to the youn

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    What a waste of a topic What a painful disjointed chaotic rambling I was so excited about reading Negroland I thought the topic would be a rare glimpse into a world that is difficult to infiltrate yet a world that intrigues meI was wrongAs so many reviewers have written it's not a memoir The first 50 or so pages cover a

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    It has taken me a while to actually write a review I'll try to be briefI am a part of the generation after hers who also grew up in the world of sorority functions debutante balls cotillions proper decorum at all t

  10. says:

    I enjoyed reading Negroland very much It left me wanting though in almost every category it touched on There are extraord

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Negroland A Memoir

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 the author’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 hea. Negroland by Margo Jefferson is her memoir of growing up in an upperclass African American household in Chicago during the 1950s and 60s While Jefferson does discuss her upbringing she also discusses what it means for her to be African American in this country in terms of class race and gender From all these anecdotes I gleaned Jefferson s definitive take on race and for this I rate the book 4 stars Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 to Ronald and Irma Jefferson of Chicago s vibrant upper class African American community Ronald a physician and Irma a seamstress desired that their children excel in this country so they enrolled them in University of Chicago Lab School a progressive school which admitted African American students It was in a context with few role models or peers who looked like her that Jefferson learned about race relations in her city While the schools had few people of color prior to the 1964 passage of the eual rights act popular culture contained few others The select few who made it including Lena Horne Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis Jr who did succeed were either cast in stereotypical black roles even when they achieved fame Along with Jackie Robinson on the ball field these Hollywood stars were looked up to by a generation of black children who were likewise not expected to succeed in society Because of the low expectations successful African Americans like the Jeffersons stayed in Negroland a separate society of upper class blacks who created a culture in which their children could achieve greatly in the United States Jefferson was fortunate that her parents taught her and her older sister Denise to be aware of prejudiced behavior On a family trip in 1956 the Jeffersons were looked down upon in an Atlantic Beach New Jersey hotel and only remained one evening Likewise if Margo had to sing a song with derogatory lyrics in school her mother explained to her why it was such and persuaded the primarily white school to change what the students were studying Not all blacks were as fortunate as the Jeffersons however and they even chose to live in upper class Hyde Park where they were surrounded by likeminded blacks and whites as opposed to a lower class African American community This shows to me that class played almost a larger role in Jefferson s upbringing as did race As the feminist movement took shape Margo explained that it was important to view things in the context of class race and gender The early feminist movement was primarily for white women so she chose whether to label herself a feminist or a black rights advocate In this regards she taught people to view race in a lens of one voice and chose which movements to align herself with A successful journalist I found Jefferson s Chicago much different than the North Side I am familiar with Other than the mention of Marshall Fields on State Street Jefferson for all purposes was describing a foreign city to me Before the eual rights act light skinned blacks could choose to pass for white in order to ensure a better future for themselves and their children Likewise successful blacks like the Jeffersons enrolled their children in white schools while still teaching them African American culture through community organizations I found Negroland to be an eye opening experience about life in the African American community in Chicago and enjoyed the prose s structure of alternating anecdotes lists and Jefferson s own story I highly recommend this one voice look in African American class race and gender to all A Treatise on Time and Space incendiary and The White Lantern icy mischievous and provocative celebratory and elegiac here Kingsbane (Empirium, is 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 with distancing Learning To Dance itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés in upper crust black Chicago her father was for years hea. 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Vilege 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 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 perseveranc. There was much to absorb and ponder in Margo Jefferson s Negroland a fascinating recollection of life growing up in the titular purgatory between two worlds centered on race class and wealth in a changing American landscape Jefferson s parents were well to do professionals comfortable as her mother described it to the young curious author rich by black standards upper middle class by white standards Therefore Ms Jefferson had a rare experience for the times and one that caused on going self image frustrations and a constant internal tug of war She describes her family as belonging to the Third Race poised between the masses of Negroes and all classes of Caucasians Ms Jefferson s writing brilliance gives a strong voice to these memoirs tackling a host of topics all couched within her personal family history as she moves from child to adult She gives her distinctive biting perspective on the relentless and myriad demonstrations of racism from next door neighbors to desk clerks in Atlantic City hotels She learns by observing her parents frustrated and angry reactions to things she is too young and na ve to understand like the discomfort or refusal by whites to address her pediatrician father as Doctor or her fourth grade music teacher engaging the class in singing Stephen Foster songs with their racial epithets in the lyrics Ms Jefferson juggles the implicit racism from the white community with the mixed messages and issues of authenticity she received as an educated upper middle class black person in America It was a delicate balancing act Negro privilege had to be circumspect impeccable but not arrogant confident yet obliging dignified not intrusive It s important to distinguish that this is no angry vindictive rant against an America that continues to struggle with and even acknowledge racial problems but rather a thoughtful retelling of one woman s distinctive experience as a well to do black woman in a nation not yet ready to accept successful blacks as eual This book is not overflowing with seething rage or snarky ridicule of racists but offers instead the powerful and compelling memoirs of an intelligent and reflective woman with a gift for taut prose In the wrong hands this could ve been yet another wedge hammered into the chasm of our national racial split In Ms Jefferson s talented hands it is an evocative photograph one that shows all Americans just how matter of fact these issues are In short this is who we are as Americans These are the divisions that separate us by race education gender and income fueled by socially accepted stereotypes evidenced in ways subtle and overt benign and malignantNegroland is a book that will start debates introspection and shed light on racial relations in America It s a book that should be read because it gives such a uniue and fresh perspective on being black in America Given the news of the day this book is enormously timely as well as being a great read

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D 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 pri. Honest talk I would totally have DNFed this if I hadn t felt uncomfortable about not finishing a book on race that everybody else seems to love I just kept hoping for something I just didn t like the writing style at all as it seemed incoherent and disjointed I had a really hard time figuring out if she was uoting from old journals or magazines talking to methe reader or telling a story of her childhood The writing style made the whole story very insubstantial and without a lot of emotional or intellectual heft If you put the word memoir in the title that s what I m going to expect Not some random mishmash of stories and reflections and I don t know even what I get that it s a memoir of what she calls Negroland a specific cultural subset and not the memoir of her life but still nope

  • Hardcover
  • 248
  • Negroland A Memoir
  • Margo Jefferson
  • English
  • 22 September 2019
  • 9780307378453