Children of strangers: The stories of a Black family

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Collecting her family's own stories and photographs, Kathryn Morgan brings to life the experiences of five generations of black women coping with the fears, angers, and anxieties of life in a dominant white society. Recounted in the Southern, black oral tradition, these stories have been told and re-told by the Gordon family. They have served as emotional buffers against the inherently inhuman and absurd situation of racial prejudice. In these family legends, the two principle "warriors" are Caddy, the author's great-grandmother-slave-born fountainhead of the family's oral tradition-and Maggie, the author's mother who, because of her light skin and blue eyes, could often "pass." From their highly personal recollections of the rural South during Reconstruction to the experiences of successive generations that settled in Philadelphia, we receive a picture of everyday black life in a variety of settings and periods. "Children of Strangers: The Stories of a Black Family" provides striking insight into the strategies used by blacks in raising their families in a white-dominated world. It is one family's enduring testament.

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Narrates the attempts of five generations of black women to cope with the fears and anxieties of life in a white society

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"...a conceptually sensitive melding of history and anthropology, and a fine example of what folklore—done well—can look like."

—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

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Kathryn L Morgan
Published by Temple University Press (1980)
ISBN 10: 0877222037 ISBN 13: 9780877222033
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