• Title: Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood
  • Author: Gerald Early
  • Released: 1994-06-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 234
  • ISBN: 0201627248
  • ISBN13: 978-0201627244
  • ASIN: 0201627248
From Publishers Weekly Early, director of African American Studies at Washington University, here offers candid, warm sketches of his middle-class black family living in a white neighborhood in St. Louis. Although he maintains that this is a story in which race plays "only a very small role," and that class is "a great deal more important," race is a constant subtext: When Early queries his two young daughters, Rosalind and Linnet, about their lack of black friends and they reply, "We have as many as we want," he confronts them with "You have no black friends at all." His daughters are uncomfortable with their less-than-genteel inner-city Philadelphia relatives and are accused by black schoolmates of being "biracial" because they "sound like a white person." Early argues that blackness is not an "Afrocentric lesson" but a realistic belief in human transcendence by a people who have "reinvented" their humanity after the experience of slavery, and he is relieved when his daughters eschew commodified Afrocentrism. These are personal stories, not meant to represent a race, and Early is a thoughtful and engaging writer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal Early, director of African-American Studies at Washington University and author of numerous books, including Speech and Power: The African-American Essay and Its Cultural Content from Polemics to Pulpit (LJ 1/93), recounts his feelings and experiences raising his two school-age daughters. Emphasizing the fact that he is an African American father in a two-parent home and that his daughters are growing up in middle-class, mostly white America, Early contrasts his own experiences growing up in a different generation and context. The stories are touching, and Early is honest about his own uncertainty concerning racial consciousness. (Do his children have too many white friends and too few African American ones? What would it mean if one of his daughters chose to date someone white?) While this title is not an essential purchase, it is especially recommended where an African American outlook on growing up is desired.
John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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