Synopses & Reviews
In writing his Self-Portrait of Black America, anthropologist, folklorist, and humanist John Gwaltney went in search of “Core Black People”—the ordinary men and women who make up black America—and asked them to define their culture. Their responses, recorded in Drylongso, are to American oral history what blues and jazz are to American music. If the people in William H. Johnson's and Jacob Lawrence's paintings could talk, this is what they would say.
A classic on the ideas, values, and attitudes that inform ordinary black life in America.
About the Author
John Langston Gwaltney was a student of Dr. Margaret Mead, before becoming a Professor of Anthropology. He has taught at the State University of New York at Cortland and at the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is also a visual artist, with a special interest in ritual carving.