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Can Anything Beat White? S This page intentionally left blank CAN ANYTHING BEAT WHITE? A Black Family’s Letters S ELISABETH PETRY University Press of Mississippi • Jackson Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies The University Press of Mississippi is a member of the Association of American University Presses. The letter from Willis H. James, writing as L. J. St. Clair, on pp. 63–64 from the Anna Louise James papers appears courtesy of the Arthur and Elisabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Copyright © 2005 by Elisabeth Petry All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America First edition 2005 ⬁ Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Can anything beat white? : a Black family’s letters / [edited by] Elisabeth Petry.— 1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 1-57806-785-5 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Petry, Ann Lane, 1911– —Family. 2. Novelists, American—20th century— Family relationships. 3. African American novelists—Family relationships. 4. African American families—History—Sources. 5. African Americans— Correspondence. 6. James family—Correspondence. I. Petry, Elisabeth. PS3531.E933Z55 2005 813⬘.54—dc22 2005005444 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data available For Larry This page intentionally left blank ...


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