Sterling Brown's A Negro Looks at the South

Sterling Brown's A Negro Looks at the South

by John Edgar Tidwell
     
 

Using oral history and the printed word, Sterling A. Brown set out during the Second World War to capture the response of African Americans, primarily living in the South, to America's involvement in the war and how it affected them. These responses, brought together in extended, non-fiction essays of many different types, illustrate the diversity of opinions in

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Using oral history and the printed word, Sterling A. Brown set out during the Second World War to capture the response of African Americans, primarily living in the South, to America's involvement in the war and how it affected them. These responses, brought together in extended, non-fiction essays of many different types, illustrate the diversity of opinions in the Black South about the war and the war period in America. For nearly sixty years, the excerpts that were never published languished in Brown's manuscript collection at Howard University. Now, for the first time, all of the completed pieces of unpublished writings are combined with the few published sections into the book that Brown envisioned. The legacy Brown left us is not only a superb portrait of the way in which African Americans of the mid-century talked and lived; he also provided a methodology that oral and written historians will find extremely useful. This is clearly a document from another time, as its now outdated title reminds us, but it reveals a world that still informs our sense of ourselves as a nation. In fact, it is an unforgettable history, which Brown has cast in a bright, elucidating new light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195313994
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


A Note on the Text     xi
Looking at Sterling A. Brown's South: An Introduction   John Edgar Tidwell   Mark A. Sanders     3
Prologue
"South on the Move"     19
"Out of Their Mouths"     23
By Way of Autobiography
"Old Buck"     37
"Old Man McCorkle"     51
"Bus Station"     54
"Club Car"     59
"Roommate"     62
"Return of the Native"     64
Jim Crow Journal
"On the Government"     81
"V for Victory"     90
"Jim Crow Snapshots"     93
"A Harvardian Goes South"     94
"Separate but Equal"     95
"Fats"     97
"Words on a Bus"     100
"Georgia Nymphs"     103
"And/Or"     109
Gone with the Wind
"I Look at the Old South"     115
"Sister Cities"     118
"Gone with What Wind"     124
"Symbol of the Old South"     131
"A Tour of History: Old New Orleans"     138
"Gee's Bend"     149
"Low Cotton"     161
"Take Your Coat Off, Gene!"     165
"Insurance Executive"     171
"Let'sLook at Your Base"     182
"Meekness in Bronze"     187
"No Ties That Bind"     190
Academic Retreat
"The Little Gray Schoolhouse"     199
"The Path to Alcorn"     206
"And Gladly Teach"     207
"What Could Freddie Say?"     214
"One Language, One People"     218
"Vicious Circle"     222
"The Palmer Case"     225
"Signs of Improvement"     233
"Colleges: Retreat or Reconnaissance"     239
Pursuit of Happiness
"And He Never Said a Mumbalin' Word"     253
"Song Hunter"     261
"The Duke Comes to Atlanta"     272
"Farewell to Basin Street"     275
"Po' Wanderin' Pildom, Miserus Chile"     281
"Jitterbugs' Joy"     285
"From Montmartre to Beaver Slide"     291
Men of War
"Soldiers of Construction"     301
"Cubs"     307
"Primary Field"     310
Epilogue
"Count Us In"     317
Annotations     345
Index     375

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