An American Story

By Debra J. Dickerson
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720281, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2001

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A profoundly courageous and insightful memoir, An American Story" "documents the events that have shaped journalist Debra Dickerson's conscience.
The daughter of former sharecroppers, Dickerson never imagined she would emerge from her squalid St. Louis neighborhood to become an acclaimed journalist with a Harvard Law degree. A constant reader and a straight-A student, nevertheless Dickerson's lack of confidence kept her from accepting the many colleges offers she received. Instead she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, quickly rising through the ranks. In spite of her success, she recognized within herself deep-seated conflict at being a working class black woman living in a white man's world. Her path to self-acceptance is at the heart of this refreshing narrative.

About the Author
Dickerson is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She writes about poverty and race.

Praise For An American Story

"Breathtaking... It is a startling thing to hear an American speak as frankly and un-selfservingly about race."
--The New York Times Book Review

"[Dickerson's] willingness to bare herself on these pages is more of a patriotic act than all her years in military service."

"Debra J. Dickerson... analyzes [her life] with the ferociousness of her intellect and the humility of her heart."

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