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Our kind of people : inside America's Black upper class / Lawrence Otis Graham.

By: Graham, Lawrence.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 418 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0060183527; 9780060183523.Subject(s): African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975- | African Americans -- Social life and customs | Upper class -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Elite (Social sciences) -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- | United States -- Race relationsDDC classification: 305.896/073 LOC classification: E185.86 | .G644 1999
Contents:
The origins of the black upper class -- Jack and Jill: where elite black kids are separated from the rest -- The black child experience: the right cotillions, camps, and private schools -- Howard, Spelman, and Morehouse: three colleges that count -- The right fraternities and sororities -- The links and the girl friends: for black women who govern society -- The Boulé, the Guardsmen, and other groups for elite black men -- Vacation spots for the black elite
Black elite in Chicago -- Black elite in Washington, D.C. -- Black elite in New York City -- Black elite in Memphis -- Black elite in Detroit -- Black elite in Atlanta -- Other cities for the black elite: Nashville, New Orleans, Tuskegee, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia -- Passing for white: when the "brown paper bag test" isn't enough.
Summary: "The first book written about the insular world of the black upper class by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group. A conservative network of families dating back to the first black millionaires of the 1880s, the black elite has developed its own rules for membership and for maintaining a place in a world that is unaware of its vast contributions."
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"The first book written about the insular world of the black upper class by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group. A conservative network of families dating back to the first black millionaires of the 1880s, the black elite has developed its own rules for membership and for maintaining a place in a world that is unaware of its vast contributions."

The origins of the black upper class -- Jack and Jill: where elite black kids are separated from the rest -- The black child experience: the right cotillions, camps, and private schools -- Howard, Spelman, and Morehouse: three colleges that count -- The right fraternities and sororities -- The links and the girl friends: for black women who govern society -- The Boulé, the Guardsmen, and other groups for elite black men -- Vacation spots for the black elite

Black elite in Chicago -- Black elite in Washington, D.C. -- Black elite in New York City -- Black elite in Memphis -- Black elite in Detroit -- Black elite in Atlanta -- Other cities for the black elite: Nashville, New Orleans, Tuskegee, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia -- Passing for white: when the "brown paper bag test" isn't enough.

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Library Journal Review

In this work, Graham, who exposed bias against African Americans in his sharp-tongued account of working at an elite country club (Member of the Club, LJ 5/1/95), here focuses on "America's black upper class": a conservative, well-to-do group that dates back to the first black millionaires in the 1870s and whose members are associated with institutions like the Links and the Oak Bluffs area of Martha's Vineyard. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Lawrence Otis Graham is an attorney and commentator on race and politics in America. A contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report, he has written thirteen books. Graham is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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