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Black Like Me

Format:  Paperback,

200 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2010

ISBN-13: 9780451234216

ISBN-10: 0451234219

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Essential reading . . . a social document of the first order, ("San Francisco Chronicle") this history-making classic about crossing the color line in the segregated South is a searing work of nonfiction, a chillingly relevant eyewitness account of race and humanity.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2010
ISBN-13: 9780451234216
ISBN-10: 0451234219
Format: Paperback
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

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Review by Library Journal (2004-04-15)

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.

Review by Library Journal (2004-03-15)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Classic Indeed I learned about this book from the October issue of the Smithsonian Magazine 2011. After reading the book, I came to realize this anniversary edition is not just to help readers today to learn or understand the past, it is also to shed light on certain aspect of humanity that is independent of time and place. The essence of this classic is well summarized in the preface of the book itself:"... The real story is the universal one of men who destroy the souls and bodies of other men (and in the process destroy themselves) for reasons neither really understands. It is the story of the persecuted, the defrauded, the feared and detested. I could have been a Jew in Germany, a Mexican in a number of states, or a member of any "inferior" group. Only the details would have differed. The story would be the same. " 05/03/2012
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