Can Anything Beat White?: A Black Family's Letters (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)ISBN: 1578067855;
Book DescriptionAnn Petry (1908-1997) was a prominent African American writer during a period in which few black women were published with regularity in America. Her novels Country Place (1947), and The Narrows (1988), along with various collections of short stories and nonfiction, poignantly described the struggles and triumphs of middle-class blacks living in primarily white communities. Petry's ancestors, the James family, served as inspiration for much of her fiction. This collection of more thanfour hundred letters among various family members shows a broad spectrum of middle-class black life and opinion. Collected and edited by the daughter of Ann Petry, Anything that Can Beat White? A Black Family's Letters is an engaging portrait of black family life from the 1890s to the early twentieth century, a period not often documented by African American voices. Ann Petry's maternal grandfather, Willis Samuel James, was a slave taught by his children to read and write. He...
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