Dent, David J.

In search of Black America : discovering the African-American dream / David J. Dent. - New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000. - 413 p. ; 25 cm.

Traditions -- The Emancipation: Day One -- A Tradition's Feud -- Preparing For the Independence Day Parade -- The Parade Today -- The After Party -- Up From the River -- The Seekers -- The Town's Elite -- Fishing -- Morning in Hampton -- Campaign '94 -- Final Plays -- Fishing -- The Real Mckoy -- True Colors -- The Norm of No Color -- Mansion of the Dolls -- Soul and Cold Country -- Highway Preacher -- Dreams of Georgia -- The Girls of the Homey Crew -- The Ebony Towers -- A Spelman Sophomore -- Home -- The Graduate: The Mom -- Lelsure -- American Beach -- MaVynee -- Tuxedo Time -- Colored Balls and White Pins -- Alleys and Slopes -- Home -- The Ride Home.

"In Search of Black America is a work that looks at the lives of African Americans throughout the United States. David Dent, a noted journalist and professor, set out on a cross-country road trip into the heart of black America with stops in Detroit; Washington, D.C.; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Gallipolis, Ohio; Seattle, Washington; Hampton, Virginia; and many other places, including Lawnside, New Jersey, a historically black town with strong roots and ties to the Underground Railroad." "Drawing from hundreds of hours of taped interviews and journalistic observation, Dent uncovers the widespread diversity of the lives of the black majority - middle and upper-middle-class African Americans. Along the way, Dent encounters a most eclectic and insightful array of characters. Through their lives, he not only examines and questions the most common American beliefs about race and politics but also explores issues that go beyond race and touch on social and moral questions that Americans of any hue confront."--BOOK JACKET.

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African Americans--Social conditions--1975-
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Middle class--United States.
African Americans--Interviews.

E185.86 / .D468 2000