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America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americansby Henry Louis Gates
Synopses & Reviews
Renowned scholar and New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to the Warner list with this stirring and authoritative companion to the Fall 2003 PBS documentary America Behind the Color Line. A companion to the eponymous PBS four-part documentary, America Behind The Color Line explores the evolution of African American society into to what are now two very distinct and striking. communities — the privileged and the disenfranchised. Viewed through the lens of four intrinsic elements of the African American experience — Black Hollywood, The Black Elite, The Ghetto, and The New South — Henry Louis Gates' latest contribution to American scholarship examines the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, tracing the fate of black people since the death of Rev. Marin Luther King, Jr.
"[R]eadable....Provocative and worthwhile." Kirkus Reviews
"[T]he collection...is equally inspiring for all races. Recommended." Library Journal
Book News Annotation:
Gates, the eminent Harvard scholar and author, traveled around the US to find out why and how black America has split into what he sees as two distinct communities: one privileged and one disenfranchised. The book, the companion to a PBS television series of the same name, comprises about 40 essays focusing on individuals (both prominent and obscure) who inhabit four spheres: the "ebony towers" of academia, government, and business; the American South, whose black population increased by almost 3.6 million in the 1990s; black Hollywood; and Chicago's South Side, where a parallel world of extreme black poverty persists. Gates' interviewees talk about race, class, and what it means to be African-American in the 21st century.
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Scholar and author Henry Louis Gates Jr returns with this work exploring the evolution of African American society into what has become two distinct and striking communities - the privileged and the disenfranchised.
More than thirty-five years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans wonder just how much of his dream has come true. Now renowned scholar and New York Times bestselling author Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the surprising social and economic journey African Americans have made since the civil rights era. Using the interviews he conducted for his groundbreaking PBS series, Professor Gates introduces us to forty-four individuals from every segment of the African-American community-from Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman to convict "Eric Edwards" and a single mother on Chicago's South Side. In their own candid, deeply felt words, each discusses what it means to be African American in the twenty-first century: the joys, the problems, the perils. Together, they reveal a community united by memory and culture yet divided by wealth and lack of opportunity...in an America still struggling to ensure true equality for all.
About the Author
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities and the chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Harvard University. The Bondwoman's Narrative is the latest of his published works. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal as well as a regular contributor to The New Yorker.
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