Black Like Me

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Penguin, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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The Deep South of the late 1950's was another country: a land of lynchings, segregated lunch counters, whites-only restrooms, and a color line etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. White journalist John Howard Griffin, working for the black-owned magazine Sepia, decided to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. What happened to John Howard Griffin--from the outside and within himself--as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this searing work of nonfiction. Educated and soft-spoken, John Howard Griffin changed only the color of his skin. It was enough to make him hated...enough to nearly get him killed. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity every American should read.
  

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In the beginning of my reading this book I was rather bored and not very interested in it, as I progressed in the book I started to like Griffin, I felt emotionally attached to him and I did some ... Read full review

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The writing is clear but not mind-blowing; what is mind-blowing is the content. I photocopied pages to share with students next year as we're discussion Ellison's _Invisible Man_ and hope that each of my students will read it in its entirety. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
38
Section 4
45
Section 5
77
Section 6
79
Section 7
102
Section 8
122
Section 9
125
Section 10
134
Section 11
155
Section 12
165
Section 13
195
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About the author (1996)

John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) is known internationally as the author of two novels, Nuni and The Devil Rides Outside, five books and monographs on racism in addition to Black Like Me, a biography of Thomas Merton, three collections of photography, a volume of journals, two historical works on Texas, a musicological study, and The John Howard Reader. Born in Dallas, Texas, and educated in France, he served in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific, where an injury he received during a Japanese bombardment eventually resulted in the complete loss of his sight. In the 1950's he converted to Catholicism, married, and raised a family. In 1957, (after ten years of blindness) he miraculously regained his sight.

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