Black Like Me

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Penguin, 1961 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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A white writer recounts his experiences in the American South following treatments that darkened his skin and shares his thoughts on the problems of prejudice and racial injustice. Reissue.
  

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Eye opening and educational. - Goodreads
Prose is weak but the book remains a classic. - Goodreads
This book was an excellent book, its a page turner. - Goodreads
Amazing insight to the plight of the African American. - Goodreads
His writing is very insightful and so sad. - Goodreads
Incredible insight to the feelings of the time. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carl-John Veraja - Goodreads

This is a fantastic account of a journalist who actually blackens his skin in order to infiltrate the black culture of the the American south circa 1959-60. It is a harrowing journey, with many ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jackie Rose - Goodreads

Important book. Think it ought to be standard reading in high schools, if it isn't already. 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 (1961)

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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