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Between the world and me

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men -- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Ta-Nehisi Coates; Ta-Nehisi Coates
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN: 9780812993547 0812993543 1925240703 9781925240702 9781518210419 1518210414
OCLC Number: 912045191
Awards: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2015
Description: 152 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Prologue: The talk --
The changes --
The second change: Malcolm and the body --
The third change: Mecca and the death of mythology --
The fourth change: New York and the death of mercy --
The fifth change: Gettysburg and the long war --
The sixth change: Chicago and the streets --
The seventh change: Eyes open to the world --
The eighth change: The blast --
Epilogue: Into the world.
Responsibility: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Abstract:

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men -- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son -- and readers -- the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder.
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Dispatch from a racist society

by Tom2718 (WorldCat user published 2016-01-05) Very Good Permalink

This is a personal letter to his son, by a young African-American man, about what it means to be an African-American man.  152 pages.

 

It means you're a target of police violence.  It means you can be killed by a cop anytime, anywhere, on no pretext, and the cop will...
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Lyric exploration of the African American body

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2015-12-16) Very Good Permalink

  The book is in large part a memoir, following Ta-Nehisi from his youth in a rough section of Baltimore to the broadening of his understanding at Howard University to his efforts to navigate fatherhood as a black male in America. Coates describes that in his college days he tried to become a...
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