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Insightful Black Briton's Tour of the Deep South.
on 20 December 2000
I received this as a present and after months of neglect read it in two avid late night sessions. Younge's odyssey is a moving testament to the courage of those blacks (and whites) who confronted and changed the legacy of slavery and segregation in the U.S. and to his own ability to modify his standard lefty preconceptions en route. He is particularly strong on the post 60s black experience and the way in which African Americans have simultaneously remained at the periphery of the polity whilst embracing some aspects of what we British might find rather exotic notions of patriotism. The style throughout is literate journalese; Younge is erudite, thoughtful, often gently comic and self effacing. I am buying a copy for a friend with a professional interest in Black History. I am white, incidentally, and not known as a bleeding heart.