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My vanishing country : a memoir / Bakari Sellers.


"An eye-opening odyssey through the South's past, present, and future that is a moving and gripping tribute to America's forgotten rural working-class black folks. The small town of Denmark was once a thriving hub of South Carolina's idyllic Low Country. Yet today, this majority African-American town with a population of 3,500 is emblematic of the "Forgotten South" -- small communities of color stretching from Appalachia to the Sunbelt. For CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers, Denmark is "home" -- the land on which his forefathers toiled to build lives of meaning and substance, despite systemic racism and Jim Crow laws. In My Vanishing Country, he illuminates the pride and pain that continue to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation and the forces threatening rural working-class black life. As he eloquently and powerfully argues, places like Denmark are worth saving; its people -- and their hopes and dreams -- matter because they are an indelible part of America. Since the 2016 election, politicians and the media have focused on the struggles of the white working class while consistently overlooking the residents of Denmark. In this atmospheric, rich, and poetic book, Sellers shines a light on life in today's rural South, where Americans still struggle for the basics of modern life: internet access, groceries, medical care, and clean water. Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is a compelling read that captures the remarkable spirit and resilience of one small town and makes visible other "forgotten" communities. My Vanishing Country charts Seller's extraordinary journey -- from growing up the son of civil rights icon Cleveland Sellers to building on his father's achievements as the youngest person to serve in the South Carolina legislature, to his work today at CNN, and to his life as the father of twins he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and carry on its legacy." -- Jacket.

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  • ISBN: 9780062917454
  • ISBN: 0062917455
  • ISBN: 9780062917461
  • ISBN: 0062917463
  • Physical Description: 226 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Black, country, and proud -- The wounds have not healed: "don't be a dead hero" -- Black and forgotten -- School daze: the making of a Morehouse man -- The making of a politician, part 1 -- The making of a politician, part 2 -- Dreaming with my eyes open: becoming a leader -- Risk taking -- Anxiety: a black man's superpower -- A voice for the voiceless -- Why are the strongest women in the world dying? -- Why 2016 happened and the power of rhetoric.
Subject: Sellers, Bakari, 1984-
African American legislators > South Carolina > Biography.
Legislators > South Carolina > Biography.
South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives > Biography.
Rural African Americans > South Carolina > Social conditions > 20th century.
Racism > South Carolina > History > 21st century.
Denmark (S.C.) > Biography.
South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
African American legislators.
South Carolina.
South Carolina > Denmark.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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