Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class by Blair L M Kelley (Author Event 6.28)
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An award-winning historian illuminates the adversities and joys of the Black working class in America through a stunning narrative centered on her forebears
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The book doubles as a political history, revealing that after the experience of slavery, the Black working class saw segregated freedom as insufficient, and built a powerful political movement to finish the job of emancipation
Blair Kelley is the director of the Center for the Study of the American South and codirector of the Southern Futures initiative at the University of North Carolina. Her first book, Right to Ride, won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, and she received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to support her writing of Black Folk. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.