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by Stephen Birmingham


Certain People is a classic study of the black upper class in America. I first read the book in 1978 and it opened up a whole world of information that I was unaware of even though I grew up in a black upper middle class environment.

Certain People is a classic study of the black upper class in America. I have felt like most of the contributors to this book that blacks in the ghetto have been overexposed in the media, in print, and in the movies.

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Stephen Birmingham (1929–2015) was an American author of more than thirty books. Birmingham’s work focuses on the upper class in America

Stephen Birmingham (1929–2015) was an American author of more than thirty books. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he graduated from Williams College in 1953 and taught writing at the University of Cincinnati. Birmingham’s work focuses on the upper class in America. He’s written about the African American elite in Certain People and prominent Jewish society in Our Crowd : The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Grandees: The Story of America’s Sephardic Elite, and The Rest of Us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews.

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Certain People: America's Black Elite. The author of Our Crowd takes readers inside the gossip-tinged world of the 1970s Black elite, one obsessed with history, standing and appearance. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Birmingham had a great interest in the upper classes, and wrote numerous books about the . Certain People: America's Black Elite.

Birmingham had a great interest in the upper classes, and wrote numerous books about the wealthy in the United States, generally focusing on their ethnicity, national origins, and geographic locale. His biographies include those of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Wallis Warfield Windsor, and novelist John Marquand. His trilogy of books on American Jews: Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite, and The Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews are perhaps his best known works.

Birmingham has a talent for eliciting bitchy remarks-put-downs of. .Using his established formula, Our Crowd's facile chronicler turns his attention to America's black elite in a juicy portrait of old families eclipsed by loud new money.

Birmingham has a talent for eliciting bitchy remarks-put-downs of everyone from Mary Bethune to Coretta King-and recording the statements of uppity folks caught in their own self-importance: ""We were the only private people invited to the last official Agnew party,"" one Washington matron coos proudly.

Stephen Birmingham sheds light on this segment of Jewish society who viewed .

Stephen Birmingham sheds light on this segment of Jewish society who viewed other Jews as peasants and ardently shunned all publicity. Stephen Gardner Birmingham was born in Andover, Connecticut on May 28, 1929. He received a degree in English from Williams College in 1950. His non-fiction books included Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Right People: A Portrait of the American Social Establishment, The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite, The Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews, Certain People: America's Black Elite, Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, and Life at the Dakota: New York's Most.

America's Black Elite. Publisher Description. Biographies & Memoirs.

On the basis of his research on markedly different circles in Black society, the author provides a view of the Black haut monde and explores the rationale for class distinctions within America's Black population
Tiainar
unparalleled view into a little known strata of American people.
Kale
so so condition
Moonshaper
As a white person, you never think of divisions between the haves and have nots in another race. Interesting that the old money was so entrenched in the belief of and education. Too bad success and education don't go hand in hand any longer. Fascinatingly researched history. I was very impressed and intend to read more of Stephen Birmingham's books.
Kekinos
This is a great book about a lesser known aspect of black American history.
Mitars Riders
Received in a timely manner and in good condition. A great book for dealing with internal and external racism.
Thabel
Certain People is a classic study of the black upper class in America. Researched by one of the most impressive social historians of the day. Mr. Birmingham has produced works documenting the social history of almost every cultrue in this country and he has not fallen short with this study. I first read the book in 1978 and it opened up a whole world of information that I was unaware of even though I grew up in a black upper middle class environment. I have felt like most of the contributors to this book that blacks in the ghetto have been overexposed in the media, in print, and in the movies. Thank goodness for this book and others like Gerri Major's Black Society; Adelaide Cromwell's The Other Brahmins: Boston's Black Upper Class; Williard Gatewood's Aristocrats of Color; St.Clair Drake's Black Metropolis;and E. Franklin Frazier's two works The Black Bourgeoisie and The Negro Family in the United States to mention a few. It is a rich territory for research and because of this book I have established a lifelong interest in the social history of the black upper class in the United States. This book has introduced me to a vast world of research that dates back to the middle of the 19th century. In his introduction Mr. Birmingham explains how the book came about and the numerous persons that contributed to the success of his work. He then examines the family histories of some of the most prominent families in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Memphis, and Cincinnati. He does an excellent job of tracing the origins of such affluent organiztions as the Links, Boule, Jack & Jill, and other prominent fraternal and social oranizations that the black upper class hold membership. Among the most intriguing was the section on "Embattled Washington". This section establishes with other social historians the status of Washington, DC as being the first black" social capital", largely due to the fact that from the turn of the century up until the after the Great Migrati! on the city had more professional blacks than any other city in the country. In his section on "Good Addresses" it is pointed out that just as white society has its summer social capital at Newport, the comings and goings at the summer social captials of the black upper class at such enclaves as Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Sag Harbor on Long Island, Idlewild in Michigan and Highland Beach in Maryland is just as entertaining.. Even though it is observed in the book that the white upper class is determined by vast amounts of wealth, the black upper places a great importance on education and family background. Black teachers, ministers, doctors, druggists, and even undertakers would be held in high esteem by virtue of their higher education and special training. Certain People is one of the finest examples of black social history, the kind of work that makes a difference in the study of Black America.
Certain People: America's Black Elite ebook
Author:
Stephen Birmingham
Category:
Social Sciences
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Publisher:
Little Brown & Co; 1st edition (May 1, 1977)
Pages:
301 pages
Rating:
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