Long Old Road: Back to Black Metropolis

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From the time that he ran away to sea at sixteen, until he graduated from the University of Washington, Horace R. Cayton was a messman on a freighter, an unknowing handyman in an Alaskan brothel, a juvenile delinquent and inmate of a reform school, a dock worker and steward on a passenger liner, and a deputy in the sheriff’s office of King County, Washington.

Born in Seattle, a city then uniquely free from racial tensions and prejudices, Cayton found the privileged, secure, middle-class position of his well-to-do parents ineffectual against the gradual spread of racism that was sweeping America. His disarmingly honest autobiography is the ever-absorbing record of an intelligent, sensitive, and proud man’s attempts to find identity in a confusing and conflicting chaos of black and white, in a nation that, although dedicated to equality, somehow managed to deny this ideal by almost every action.

Although his turbulent life was complicated by the color barrier—often resulting in reverses and frustrations that have rendered him close to a breakdown—this alone is not what makes Cayton’s book such captivating reading. Wholly lacking in self-pity or special pleading, Horace Cayton has written a personal narrative of unfailing interest on any number of scores, a book that ranks with the best of American autobiographical writing. For it manages to remain highly critical without once resorting to bitterness; to be filled with hope, though not always hopeful; and brims with compassion and bemused and acute insights into a troubled society. It is a telling, almost poetic tribute to the resiliency of black culture.

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Horace R. Cayton (1908-1970) was born in Seattle, Washington. His maternal grandfather was Hiram R. Revels, the first African American ever to be elected to the United States Senate, and his father, a prominent newspaper publisher in the northwest. Educated at the University of Washington, he became a research assistant at the University of Chicago, a Rosenwald Fellow, and taught at the University of California.


 

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“Horace Cayton, Jr., found himself on both sides of numerous divides, and his autobiography offers a multitude of perspectives on blacks in twentieth-century America.” History and Literature of the Pacifi c Northwest

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