Margo jeffersons negroland is a fascinating book that works on several levels social history current politics and the evolution of one persons identity over time often two or even all three of these levels are in operation at once. 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. As margo jefferson illuminates in her captivating memoir negroland is not so much a geographic location as a state of mind an exclusive club without discernible borders to which few have ever . About margo jefferson the winner of a pulitzer prize for criticism margo jefferson previously served as book and arts critic for newsweek and the new york times her writing has appeared in among other publications vogue new york magazine the nation and guernica. Margo jeffersons negroland a memoir in her new memoir margo jefferson a former critic at the new york times chronicles a lifetime as a member of chicagos black elite a world
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