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An American Story

Written by Debra J. Dickerson

An American Story
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - People of Color; Biography & Autobiography - Women; Social Science - African-American Studies
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2001
Price: $13.95
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72028-1 (0-385-72028-9)
Pages: 304
Also available as an eBook.



 
A profoundly courageous and insightful memoir, An American Story documents the events that have shaped journalist Debra Dickerson's conscience.

The daughter of former sharecroppers, Dickerson never imagined she would emerge from her squalid St. Louis neighborhood to become an acclaimed journalist with a Harvard Law degree. A constant reader and a straight-A student, nevertheless Dickerson's lack of confidence kept her from accepting the many colleges offers she received. Instead she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, quickly rising through the ranks. In spite of her success, she recognized within herself deep-seated conflict at being a working class black woman living in a white man's world. Her path to self-acceptance is at the heart of this refreshing narrative.

"Breathtaking.... It is a startling thing to hear an American speak as frankly and un-selfservingly about race."-The New York Times Book Review

"[Dickerson's] willingness to bare herself on these pages is more of a patriotic act than all her years in military service."-Newsday

"Debra J. Dickerson...analyzes [her life] with the ferociousness of her intellect and the humility of her heart."-Ms.



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WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Debra J. Dickerson lives in Washington, D.C.





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