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How I Shed My Skin - A Memoir of Integration

Jim Grimsley

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In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years, in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: for the first time he’d be in a classroom with black children. That was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through “freedom of choice,” replaced two years later by forced integration. For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: his family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community’s dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to contend with. Now, over forty years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his own personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and to his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes. Good White People is both true and deeply moving, an important work that takes readers inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Henry Leyva

Length:

7h 2m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

36:17