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  - Noreen Farooqui - Goodreads

This was a riveting book that was at times difficult to read as passages highlighted a reality that was difficult to swallow. It's surprising how much some stereotypes and racial prejudices continue on to this day, never mind the injustices people of colour continue to endure. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

A groundbreaking, eye-opening book about the reality of black Americans in the Jim Crow South. It's quite disturbing to realize that it took a white man masquerading as a black person and then ... 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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