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   Hair Story
Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
by Ayana D. Byrd
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Category: Black Hair
Code: 718 |  ISBN: 0312283229 |  208 pp. |  Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Trade Paperback
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About this book
Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a "free" person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher's reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding Black hair linger as we enter the twenty-first century.

Tying the personal to the political and the popular, Hair Story takes a chronological look at the culture behind the ever-changing state of Black hair-from fifteenth century Africa to the present-day United States. Hair Story is the book that Black Americans can use as a benchmark for tracing a unique aspect of their history and that people of all races will celebrate as the reference guide for understanding Black hair.


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