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Darkroom

A Memoir in Black and White

Lila Quintero Weaver

Publication Year: 2012


Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author,
Lila Quintero Weaver.
 
In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement.  But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation’s race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

Prologue: Home Movies

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pp. 1-12

Chapter 1: In the Dark

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pp. 13-28

Chapter 2: Passage

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pp. 29-44

Chapter 3: Blending In

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pp. 45-60

Chapter 4: Ginny’s Books

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pp. 61-78

Chapter 5: Ancestral Lines

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pp. 79-90

Chapter 6: An American Education

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pp. 91-108

Chapter 7: Dear Argentina

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pp. 109-132

Chapter 8: Good News, Bad News

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pp. 133-180

Chapter 9: Know Alabama

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pp. 181-202

Chapter 10: School Lessons

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pp. 203-238

Epilogue: Long Night’s Journey into Day

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pp. 239-250

Acknowledgements

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pp. 251-254


E-ISBN-13: 9780817386191
E-ISBN-10: 081738619X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817357146
Print-ISBN-10: 0817357149

Page Count: 264
Illustrations: illus
Publication Year: 2012