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Colored People: A Memoir (1994 original; edició 1994)

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From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished " colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling.
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Títol:Colored People: A Memoir
Autors:Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Informació:Knopf (1994), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 216 pages
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Colored People: A Memoir de Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1994)

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Professor Gates is perhaps best known to the American people for being invited by President Obama to the “beer summit” on the White House lawn. More notably, he is an esteemed professor at Harvard and author of many works of literature. This work is his most accessible and, perhaps, his most entertaining. Simply, this work memorializes his childhood in West Virginia as his small hometown overcame segregation.

Gates’ telling is memorable for its wittiness and for its earthy relating of fundamentalist Christianity, of lye-and-mashed-potato treatments on black hair, and of fighting racial indignities. Gates, a skilled author, learned how to be a man, not at Yale, but among colored people overcoming segregation. His hometown of Piedmont was divided into a black culture and a white culture until the schools became integrated just before Gates entered first grade. Integration changed things and horizons. Gates eventually graduated valedictorian of his class and dated a white lady during his freshman year of college.

While those familiar with Gates only through the White-House beer summit might stereotype him as an “angry black intellectual,” this work clearly places him on the side of reason, logic, and love. He is consistently eloquent and respectful in tone. He wrote this book as a letter to his daughters so as to explain the mystery of their family. Unlike other memoirs by black figures, he said he wrote this work deliberately – “without a white editor looking over his shoulder.” He wanted to portray the black culture which raised him unvarnished, warts and blessings together. Fortunately for us, he accomplishes this task and more through a lens open to enlighten all who might read.

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  scottjpearson | Jan 25, 2020 |
Aquesta ressenya ja no es mostra perquè diversos usuaris l'han marcada com a abús de les Condicions d'ús (mostra-la).
  MsPibel | Nov 6, 2009 |
3251. Colored People: A Memoir, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (read Oct 5, 1999) This is a book by a black Harvard professor telling of his growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Piedmont, W.V. It I thought well-written and tells of the black community there as segregation was ending. I found the book poignant and it gives an insight sometimes overlooked by civil rights advocates. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 2, 2007 |
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In this rich memoir of his early life, the celebrated scholar and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us an indelible portrait of a vanished America. Born in 1950, he grew up in Piedmont (population 2,565), a West Virginia town perched on the side of a hill in the Allegheny Mountains. He was raised in a small, intimate, middle-class "colored" community where secrets and haircuts were prime commodities and the major social event was the annual mill picnic. It was a time when the United States was just crossing the threshold into desegregation (the Piedmont schools were integrated the year before Gates entered first grade); when racial boundaries were constantly shifting and progress was measured primarily by the number of black faces that appeared on television. But Gates's story is not only a story about race. It is the story of a family, of a village, and of a special time and place in American history. Gates vividly recalls the characters who peopled his childhood: from his first love, the bookworm Linda, to Uncle Earkie the Turkey, who shared his views on the opposite sex with whoever would listen, to his grandmother Big Mom, founder of the local Episcopal church, to the exuberant Reverend Monroe, who captured many a soul. And of course the person who had the greatest influence on young Skip, his mother - a fearless, determined woman who was famous for her delivery of eulogies at funerals, who was the first colored secretary of the Piedmont PTA, and who, as an older woman, triumphantly acquired the house where she had worked as a young girl. Through Gates's memories and portraits of the people in his early life, he conveys a deep sense of and longing for the extended family and close community that was so much a part of an earlier America. Full of humor, thoughtful, and engaging, Gates has written a classic coming-of-age story that will inspire generations to come.
  goneal | Nov 15, 2006 |
Gates, a writer and Professor at Harvard, evokes his childhood and youth ind Piedmont, a West Virginia town in the Allegheny Mountains, not far from Cumberland and D.C.
Raised "colored" in a colored community, his cohort was the first to go to an integrated grade school. ( )
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I remember the very day when I became colored. ~Zora Neale Hurston
How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored? ~Arna Bontemps
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For Henry Louis Gates, Sr., and in memory of Pauline Augusta Coleman Gates
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