No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South

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In 1997 Gary Younge explored the American South by retracing the route of the original Freedom Riders of the 1960s. His road trip was a remarkable socio-cultural adventure for an outsider. He was British, journalistically curious, and black.

As he traveled by Greyhound bus through the former Confederate states, he experienced an awakening. He felt culturally tied to this strange yet familiar place. Though a Briton by birth and the child of emigrants from Barbados, he felt culturally alien in his native land. In Dixie, however, he met African Americans whose racial distinctiveness was similar to his own. To local blacks he looked like a brother, while sounding intriguingly foreign. As he assessed their political rise in the South, he noted too how African American tradition seemed static and unchanged. It was a refreshing whiff of "home."

Awakened to his own identity as a black in a predominantly white society and absorbed by a sense of southern myth and racial history, he produced this account, a blend of travel writing, historical research, wit, and social commentary. His probing examination of the Southland gives fresh perspective on race relations in America.

Originally published in England, No Place Like Home is "more than a piece of travel writing," praised the London Evening Standard, "[but] a compelling exploration of racial identity and the problems of growing up clever, black, and angry in small-town Stevenage. . . . Younge is a fine journalist--thoroughgoing, clear-minded, and meticulous, and he writes in a measured, lucid prose. . . . Next, please take a trip around the UK, Gary Younge, and write about it. Your country needs you."

Gary Younge is a columnist and feature writer for the London Guardian. In this post he has written extensively from the United States, South Africa, and Europe. In 1996 he worked at the Washington Post as recipient of a Laurence Stern Fellowship.

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Travelogue, social commentary, and journey to self-discovery, the story of a black Englishman’s amazing trek through Dixie to connect with his racial identity

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Black British journalist Younge contrasts the racial atmosphere of the U.S and Britain in this personal journal of his travels in the American South. Younge, whose parents immigrated to Britain from Barbados, grew up in an isolated suburb aching for racial identity, feeling neither British nor Bajan. Instead, he felt the strong appeal of the American South, for it provided those things he lacked--a sense of place and history. Younge felt that southerners, black and white, had a "heartfelt affinity" for their environment. So he decided to take a personal journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to retrace the route of the first freedom fighters in 1961 to get a feel for the racial climate of America. He discovered a complex environment, greeted with familiarity by other blacks and yet viewed as foreign, granted points by whites because of his accent but still subjected to racism. Younge's book is a blend of travelogue, historical research, and social commentary leavened with the sharp eyes and tongue of an outsider examining the American racial milieu. Vanessa Bush
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Description du livre University Press of Mississippi, United States, 2002. Paperback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In 1997 Gary Younge explored the American South by retracing the route of the original Freedom Riders of the 1960s. His road trip was a remarkable socio-cultural adventure for an outsider. He was British, journalistically curious, and black. As he traveled by Greyhound bus through the former Confederate states, he experienced an awakening. He felt culturally tied to this strange yet familiar place. Though a Briton by birth and the child of emigrants from Barbados, he felt culturally alien in his native land. In Dixie, however, he met African Americans whose racial distinctiveness was similar to his own. To local blacks he looked like a brother, while sounding intriguingly foreign. As he assessed their political rise in the South, he noted too how African American tradition seemed static and unchanged. It was a refreshing whiff of home. Awakened to his own identity as a black in a predominantly white society and absorbed by a sense of southern myth and racial history, he produced this account, a blend of travel writing, historical research, wit, and social commentary. His probing examination of the Southland gives fresh perspective on race relations in America.Originally published in England, No Place Like Home is more than a piece of travel writing, praised the London Evening Standard, [but] a compelling exploration of racial identity and the problems of growing up clever, black, and angry in small-town Stevenage.Younge is a fine journalist--thoroughgoing, clear-minded, and meticulous, and he writes in a measured, lucid prose.Next, please take a trip around the UK, Gary Younge, and write about it. Your country needs you. Gary Younge is a columnist and feature writer for the London Guardian. In this post he has written extensively from the United States, South Africa, and Europe. In 1996 he worked at the Washington Post as recipient of a Laurence Stern Fellowship. N° de réf. du libraire APC9781578064885

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