An extraordinary look at privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America by Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson
National Bestseller Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A New York Times Notable Book
Jefferson takes us into an insular and discerning society: “I call it Negroland,” she writes, “because I still find ‘Negro’ a word of wonders, glorious and terrible.”
Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. Negroland’s pedigree dates back generations, having originated with antebellum free blacks who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South.
It evolved into a world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs—a world in which skin color and hair...