Item #8874 Drylongso. John Langston Gwaltney.

Drylongso. A Self-Portrait of Black America

New York: Random House, 1980. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in metallic red, original printed dust jacket.

First edition of Black author and anthropologist John Langston Gwaltney’s classic account of Black life in 1970s America. Born in New Jersey shortly before the Great Depression, Gwaltney went completely blind within the first two months of his life, informing the development of his career and groundbreaking ethnographic methodologies. Titled after the Gullah-language-derived word meaning "ordinary," and written in the tradition of oral historian Studs Terkel, Drylongso presents interviews with lower and middle class Black Americans from urban communities throughout the early 70s, providing insights into civil rights and race relations from everyday people, as opposed to the type of interviews conducted by white journalists in the mainstream press with Black politicians, entertainers, athletes, and businessmen. Dust jacket designed by Richard Adelson. Stated first edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom. Unclipped dust jacket with some edgewear. Very good. Item #8874


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