Red, White, Black, and Blue: A Dual Memoir of Race and Class in Appalachia

Red, White, Black, and Blue: A Dual Memoir of Race and Class in Appalachia

by William M. Drennen Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821415360

ISBN-13: 9780821415368

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Ohio University Press

William M. Drennan Jr. and Kojo (William T.) Jones Jr. grew up in the South Hills section of Charleston, West Virginia. Both were born in 1942 to families deeply rooted in Appalachia, but with one key difference. Bill Drennen's parents were white and wealthy, and Kojo Jones was born into a hardworking, middle-class black family. They could play on the same Little…  See more details below

Overview

William M. Drennan Jr. and Kojo (William T.) Jones Jr. grew up in the South Hills section of Charleston, West Virginia. Both were born in 1942 to families deeply rooted in Appalachia, but with one key difference. Bill Drennen's parents were white and wealthy, and Kojo Jones was born into a hardworking, middle-class black family. They could play on the same Little League baseball team, but the boundaries set by segregation regulated most other aspects of their social and family lives. In 1955 Charleston's all-white Thomas Jefferson Junior High School was desegregated, and ironically it was this attempt to bring the races together that widened the chasms of class, race, and choice that separated Bill's and Kojo's life experiences for the next forty-five years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821415368
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Ethnicity & Gender In Appalach Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Series Editor's Prefaceix
Authors' Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxvii
Part 1.Where We Are Today
Chapter 1."Who the Hell Is Kojo?"3
Chapter 2."I Am Probably a Typical White Man"5
Part 2.Whence We Have Come
Chapter 3.Growing Up White9
Chapter 4.Growing Up Black43
Part 3.Where We Have Been
Chapter 5.Living Class73
Chapter 6.Living Race117
Part 4.How We See It Now
Chapter 7.A Reflection147
Chapter 8.Two Letters151
Part 5.Analysis
Chapter 9.The Language of Red, White, Black, and Blue157
Chapter 10.Mastering the Mix197
Appendix201
Bibliography207
Index211

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