|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2010|
|Number of Pages:||200|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 6.75 x 0.5|
This hardcover reprint is being released to mark the 45th anniversary of the Caucasian Griffin's experiment to experience life as a black man in the American South. Dubbed the "Definitive Griffin Estate Edition" by the publisher, this version includes new material from the late author, a foreword by Studs Terkel, an afterword by biographer Robert Bonazzi, and several new photos. Though the book is not out of print, collections needing a new copy should go with this one.
In 1959, Griffin, a noted white journalist, decided to try an experiment. He felt that the only way to determine the truth about how African Americans were treated by whites, and to learn if there was discrimination, was to become one. After a series of medical treatments that darkened his skin, he began his travels in the Deep South. Made up primarily of his journal entries during that time, Black Like Me, read by Ray Childs, details the experiences he had while passing for black.
He finds that the people who saw him as white days earlier would not give him the time of day. He suffered even more as he rode buses in New Orleans, discovering how whites would no longer sit next to him. Listeners will be fascinated by his bus trip to Mississippi during which the driver would not let any of the African Americans off at a rest stop and how some of the passengers decided to deal with this slight. A fascinating view of life before the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, showing the difficulties of being black in America. For all libraries.
-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress
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