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An account of a black Briton travelling through the Southern states of America, following the route of the Freedom Riders, thirteen black and white people who went from Washington to New Orleans to test whether the Southern states were prepared to respect the ban on segregation on interstate travel. Younge probes the issues of race and identity.
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Travelogue, social commentary, and journey to self-discovery, the story of a black Englishman's amazing trek through Dixie to connect with his racial identityFrom Booklist:
Black British journalist Younge contrasts the racial atmosphere of the U.S and Britain in this personal journal of his travels in the American South. Younge, whose parents immigrated to Britain from Barbados, grew up in an isolated suburb aching for racial identity, feeling neither British nor Bajan. Instead, he felt the strong appeal of the American South, for it provided those things he lacked--a sense of place and history. Younge felt that southerners, black and white, had a "heartfelt affinity" for their environment. So he decided to take a personal journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to retrace the route of the first freedom fighters in 1961 to get a feel for the racial climate of America. He discovered a complex environment, greeted with familiarity by other blacks and yet viewed as foreign, granted points by whites because of his accent but still subjected to racism. Younge's book is a blend of travelogue, historical research, and social commentary leavened with the sharp eyes and tongue of an outsider examining the American racial milieu. Vanessa Bush
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Book Description Picador, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0330369806
Book Description Macmillan, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0330369806