Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class

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HarperCollins, Dec 22, 1999 - Social Science - 448 pages
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Debutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha's Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right schools, families, social clubs, and skin complexion. This is the world of the black upper class and the focus of the first book written about the black elite by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group.

Author and TV commentator Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nation's most prominent spokesmen on race and class, spent six years interviewing the wealthiest black families in America. He includes historical photos of a people that made their first millions in the 1870s. Graham tells who's in and who's not in the group today with separate chapters on the elite in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and New Orleans. A new Introduction explains the controversy that the book elicited from both the black and white communities.

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The book was great until I realized that many of the people the author talked about were snobs. I love the fact that children were exposed to many of the finer things in life but not at the expense of growing up and looking down on others who did not have that same privilege. Read full review

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The book was great until I realized that many of the people the author talked about were snobs. I love the fact that children were exposed to many of the finer things in life but not at the expense of growing up and looking down on others who did not have that same privilege. Read full review

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The author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Our Kind of People, and a contributing editor for Reader's Digest, Lawrence Otis Graham's work has also appeared in the New York Times, Essence, and The Best American Essays. He lives with his wife in Manhattan and Chappaqua, New York.

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