The Third Door: The Autobiography of an American Negro Woman

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University of Alabama Press, 30/04/1992 - 304 páginas
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In pursuit of her dream of becoming a writer, Tarry moved to New York, where she worked for black newspapers and became acquainted with some of the prominent black artists and writers of the day, particularly Claude McKay and James Weldon Johnson. Her devotion to the church found expression in social work activities, first in Harlem, then in Chicago, and, during World War II, in Anniston, Alabama, where she directed a USO for black soldiers stationed at Fort McClellan. Tarry wrote several books for young readers, including biographies of James Weldon Johnson and Pierre Toussaint. She continued her social work career after the war and now lives in New York.

Devoid of pronounced racial markings, Tarry’s interactions with white Americans were not characterized by fear or distrust. But when her own brown daughter was subjected to racial discrimination she wrote The Third Door in 1955 to tell America about the plight of her people. With prose that is both moving and powerful, Tarry relates her life against the background of a changing American society. She still awaits the third door, designated neither “white” nor “colored,” through which all American will someday walk.
 

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Índice

Foreword
1
Africa Beckons
3
The Year of Change
24
The Castle and My Prisoner
37
Belated Heritage
58
My First Mission
65
A Column is Born
72
New York
85
Chapter 10 The House of Friendship
127
Signs of the Times
154
Angry Harlem
181
Memories of Chicago
197
USO Diary
213
The Land of the Free
249
Legacy for Tomorrow
272
Ten Eventful Years 19551965
305

Sugar Hill
100
The Music Went Round and Round
117

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Ellen Tarry was born in 1906 in Birmingham, Alabama. While attending a Catholic school in Virginia during her teens, she joined the Church. She returned to Alabama to attend college at Alabama State Normal School for Colored in Montgomery and then taught in the Birmingham Public Schools from 1924 to 1926.

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