Time and Place That Gave Me Life

Time and Place That Gave Me Life

by Janet C. Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253348773

ISBN-13: 9780253348777

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Janet Cheatham Bell's riveting memoir recounts her experiences coming of age as an African American girl in Indianapolis during the 1930s to the mid-1960s. In taut chapters, Bell introduces the reader to a life defined largely by race and racial discrimination. She begins with her birth in 1937 and her parents' early struggles after relocating to Indianapolis from

Overview

Janet Cheatham Bell's riveting memoir recounts her experiences coming of age as an African American girl in Indianapolis during the 1930s to the mid-1960s. In taut chapters, Bell introduces the reader to a life defined largely by race and racial discrimination. She begins with her birth in 1937 and her parents' early struggles after relocating to Indianapolis from Tennessee. Bell describes her first job as a maid in a wealthy white household and her humiliating experiences at a "white" high school. She describes experiences of racism at Indiana University and how she copes with personal tragedy that she is able to overcome. Devoid of hyperbole or the trauma that defines so many memoirs, particularly those of celebrities, the strength and appeal of Bell's memoir lies in her direct, but personal tone, and her deft use of anecdotes. "I think of myself as ordinary," writes Bell, "but the lives of ordinary people are not identical, and the details of those lives are worth knowing."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253348777
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Rigged Outcome: The Overture
2. My Gifts
3. Daring to Hope
4. Priceless, but Not Material
5. Warring Ideals
6. Powerful Lessons
7. Hard Work and Talent
8. Being Invisible
9. Some Times Are Worse
10. Passing the Baton
11. What a Feeling!
12. The Cost of Ignorance
13. Evading the Dragon
14. Walking in My Sleep
15. Paying the Price
16. Moving Forward
17. Altering My Images
18. Discarding Fantasies
Why a Memoir

Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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