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Damn near white : an African American family's rise from slavery to bittersweet success

Author: Carolyn Wilkins
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Carolyn Wilkins grew up defending her racial identity. Because of her light complexion and wavy hair, she spent years struggling to convince others she was black. Her family's prominence set Carolyn's experiences even further apart from those of the average African American ... Carolyn's parents insisted she follow the color-conscious rituals of Chicago's elite black bourgeoisie--experiences Carolyn recalls as some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilkins, Carolyn, vocalist.
Damn near white.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)610853360
Named Person: Carolyn Wilkins; Wilkinson family.; J Ernest Wilkins; J Ernest Wilkins; Wilkinson family.; Carolyn Wilkins; Carolyn Wilkins; Wilkinson family.; J Ernest Wilkins; Wilkinson family.; Carolyn Wilkins
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Wilkins
ISBN: 9780826272409 0826272401
OCLC Number: 781789744
Description: 1 online resource (x, 186 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The black bourgeois blues --
The research begins, 1995 --
The early career of J. Ernest Wilkins --
Chicago --
I discover a new ancestor --
Memphis, Tennessee, 1874-1878 --
The renegade Baptist, 1885-1887 --
The people's temple, 1887-1888 --
The bigamist, 1889-1915 --
St. Louis --
Farmington, Missouri --
Blackness --
J. Ernest Wilkins in Washington, 1953-1955 --
In Washington, 1955-1957 --
The Civil Rights Commission, 1957-1958.
Other Titles: African American family's rise from slavery to bittersweet success
Responsibility: Carolyn Marie Wilkins.

Abstract:

"Carolyn Wilkins grew up defending her racial identity. Because of her light complexion and wavy hair, she spent years struggling to convince others she was black. Her family's prominence set Carolyn's experiences even further apart from those of the average African American ... Carolyn's parents insisted she follow the color-conscious rituals of Chicago's elite black bourgeoisie--experiences Carolyn recalls as some of the most miserable of her entire life. Only in the company of her mischievous Aunt Marjory ... does Carolyn feel a true connection to her family's African American heritage. When Aunt Marjory passes away, Carolyn inherits ten bulging scrapbooks filled with family history and memories. What she finds ... inspires her to discover the truth about her ancestors--a quest that will eventually involve years of research, thousands of miles of travel, and much soul-searching ..."--Jacket
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