The Blacker the Berry

The Blacker the Berry

eBook - 2012
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"The tragedy of her life was that she was too black," declares the narrator at the start of this powerful novel of intraracial prejudice. Emma Lou Morgan lives in a world of scorn and shame, not because her skin is black, but because it's too black. No one among her family, teachers, and friends has a word of consolation or hope for the despised and rejected girl. With nothing to lose, eighteen-year-old Emma Lou leaves her home in Idaho, seeking love and acceptance on a journey that ultimately leads her to the legendary community of the Harlem Renaissance. A source of controversy upon its 1929 publication, The Blacker the Berry was the first novel to openly address color prejudice among black Americans. Author Wallace Thurman, an active member of the Harlem Renaissance, vividly recaptures the era's mood and spirit. His portrait of a young woman adrift in the city forms an enduringly relevant reflection of the search for racial, sexual, and cultural identity.
Publisher: [United States] : Dover Publications : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9780486120126
0486120120
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Mar 21, 2017

This was an excellent book. It really opened my eyes to racial tension within the African American culture. Also the writing is compelling in its simplicity. I couldn't believe this story about a young girl was told by a man! And in the 1920s when women were voiceless. I lived in NYC for awhile and would venture into Harlem which seemed taboo to me. I loved reading about Harlem and the richness of that world.

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