For My People

byMargaret WalkerForeword byStephen Vincent Benet

October 22, 2019|
For My People by Margaret Walker
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An exploration of race and heritage, For My People is the first book by poet and novelist Margaret Walker (1915–1998) and the 41st volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets
 
Considered among the most important collections of poetry written by a participant in the Black Chicago Renaissance, For My People is a series of ballad poems with memorable characters, including the New Orleans sorceress Molly Means; Kissie Lee, a tough young woman who dies “with her boots on switching blades”; Poppa Chicken, an urban drug dealer and pimp; John Henry, killed by a ten-pound hammer; and Stagolee, who kills a white officer but eludes a lynch mob. The memorable title poem evokes the power of resilience not only for black people, but for all people.

Margaret Walker (later Mrs. F. J. Alexander) was director of the Institute for the Study of History, Life, and Culture of Black People at Jackson State College. Her novel, Jubilee, published in 1966, has been translated into a number of European languages.
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Title:For My PeopleFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:64 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:64 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 inPublished:October 22, 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300246404

ISBN - 13:9780300246407

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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