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Chronicling the period from 1900 to the 1950s, Growing Up Black in New Castle County, Delaware brings together the touching stories of African Americans in northern Delaware who grew up during an era of both hardship and happiness. In a time when racial segregation was law and the nation faced such challenges as war and economic depression, African-American children in New Castle County and around the country were busy exploring the world around them-playing with friends, celebrating holidays, attending school, and learning the important life lessons that would carry them through the rest of the twentieth century. In this valuable volume of oral history, the recorded childhood memories of African Americans-from family rituals to first jobs, neighborhood games to classroom assignments-are illustrated with vintage photographs culled from family albums and archives.
A classic work on the African-American experience is revised for the nineties with essays reflecting the concerns of black children from the last three decades and commentary from today's sports stars, politicians, and inner-city gang members.
Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany, republished in a new annotated edition, recounts Ika Hügel-Marshall’s experiences growing up as the daughter of a white German woman and an African-American man after World War II. As an «occupation baby», born in a small German town in 1947, Ika has a double stigma: Not only has she been born out of wedlock, but she is also Black. Although loved by her mother, Ika’s experiences with German society’s reaction to her skin color resonate with the insidiousness of racism, thus instilling in her a longing to meet her biological father. When she is seven, the state places her into a church-affiliated orphanage far away from where her mother, sister, and stepfather live. She is exposed to the scorn and cruelty of the nuns entrusted with her care. Despite the institutionalized racism, Ika overcomes these hurdles, and finally, when she is in her forties, she locates her father with the help of a good friend and discovers that she has a loving family in Chicago.
Mary Herring Wright's book adds an important dimension to current literature in that it is a story about an African American deaf child. Her account is historically significant because it provides valuable descriptive information about the faculty and staff of the residential school for Black deaf and blind students she attended. She writes from a unique perspective because she was both a student and a student teacher. This engrossing narrative details the schools's curriculum, which included a week-long Black History celebration where students learned about important Black figures such as Madame Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and George Washington Carver. It also describes the physical facilities as well as changes in those facilities over the years. Also, the story occurs during two major events in American history, the Depression and World War II. Wright's account is one of enduring faith, perseverance, and optimism. Her keen observations will serve as a source of inspiration for others who are challenged in their own ways by life's obstacles.
This book describes what life was like for my family and me living in rural, rurban, and urban Alabama during the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Life for a poor black family living in Alabama during these decades was quite challenging. Even more challenging was being a poor black male growing up in Alabama during the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. This is my story.
"African-American teens explore how race has shaped their lives. The authors are told they're 'too black' or 'not black enough'; they're insulted by family members and friends when they date outside their race; they're followed around by store clerks like criminals. But there's more than just the ugly side of race here. These reflective narratives show young people challenging stereotypes and creating their own definitions of beauty, community, and love"--P. [4] of cover.

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