Comments on: MLK holiday weekend special: Jennifer Baszile’s “The Black Girl Next Door” http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-539671 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 01:30:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-539671 This book is fucking amazing! Basziles really crafts beautiful sentences.

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By: tb http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-536076 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 03:28:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-536076 I’ll definately check this one out. Having grown up myself in a nearby area, I am quite familar with Palos Verdes. An African American friend of mine in high school in the early 90s had similar sounding experiences in PV.

The one that stuck with me was the police showing up and asking what she was doing while hanging out in her own front yard. Then being repeatedly questioned whether it was actually her home.

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By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-535412 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:03:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-535412

You can be sure I’ll review it here as soon as it hits the bookstores!

Oh, man! I am such a fucking dumbfuck! I totally misread that as applying to the book you reviewed here. I was about to comment about how I am like the first person in the world to get their copy from Amazon.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-535307 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:31:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-535307 CPP–the book reviewed here was published a year ago, in 2009, and what I wrote above was just speculation/interest to hear about her faculty experiences in a follow-up volume.

I didn’t get a preview copy–I just borrowed it from the library like everyone else!

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By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-535293 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:22:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-535293

I would bet that there were a great deal of extra pressures and expectations put on her as the first African American woman in the History department there, and I’d like to hear about them.

I’d like to hear about them as well. Seeing as how you apparently got your hands on a pre-publication copy of her book, any chance you could get her to come here and tell us?

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-535161 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:04:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-535161 I don’t think we can assume that writing a memoir instead of a monograph was “the only way” Baszile felt she could succeed. I hope she’ll write more about her grad school and professional experiences in her next book. To my understanding, Yale never tenures the junior faculty it hires, which may well have led Baszile to consider different careers, and not just different academic jobs.

Plenty of people decide to leave the careers for which they trained, but what I think your question gets at, Ph.D./Writer?, is the question of push factors at Yale as well as her own pull factors leading her away from academia. I would bet that there were a great deal of extra pressures and expectations put on her as the first African American woman in the History department there, and I’d like to hear about them.

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By: PhD/Writer? http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-534824 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 04:48:44 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-534824 Does the book address the disconnect between telling such a personal story, and having shelved the early-America dissertation and the career opportunities at Yale? Or will the next book go that route?

No matter how accomplished a memoir, somehow it seems limiting if this is the only way the “first black woman on the Yale History Department faculty” feels she can succeed. Thoughts?

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-534815 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:50:34 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-534815 Interestingly, in a coincidental way, a bulletin board I’ve been passing for months has a poster dated in December, informing that an African-American students organization here is/(was) organizing an upcoming event entitled the “6th Annual HAIR SHOW: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair.” Sometimes you only notice something proximate after you’ve read about it in a blog.

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By: dance http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-534418 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:46:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-534418 Tangent on the hair: I was teaching Columbus’ 1493 letter of the first voyage and was struck by: “nor are they negroes as in Guinea, but their hair is flowing”

Added the book to my library list, though as someone who grew up in an extraordinarily integrated neighborhood in CA a few years later, it might have too much dissonance for me.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/17/mlk-holiday-weekend-special-jennifer-basziles-the-black-girl-next-door/comment-page-1/#comment-534328 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:59:19 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9048#comment-534328 Oh, I’ve been looking forward to that book too! Thanks for the review. I hung out with her for a time in the archives, and I’m always intrigued by people’s other directions!

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