Category Jentri’s background

Chapter 8, Dropping Out, Part I

Three years after my second graduation from UC Berkeley, I could be found living in the woods of Humboldt County with my child., 200 miles north of the city and two miles from the nearest hard road. For the next eight years, with the exception of a six-month job-related stay in Eureka, I lived the […]

Chapter 8, Meanwhile, Back in the Department, Part II

Sayonara, Berkeley Whereas it took Lynn a year after the Rose Garden declaration to get out of Berkeley, John and I were actually gone within two weeks. Since it was near the end of the semester, I wrapped up my course obligations and we took off, just ahead of the revolution, we thought–it was that […]

Chapter 8, Meanwhile, Back in the Department, Part I

Chapter Eight MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE DEPARTMENT By the time People’s Park happened, I had been a grad student for three quarters. That I had been admitted at all was clearly another tour de force from Gerry Berreman, but  nevertheless surrounded in some mystery. Billy and Cowan both claimed that they had threatened their mentor, […]

Chapter 3, Leaving Dixie, Part 3

Laid back in Philly In Philly, Mike and I lived in a tiny studio apartment near the University of Pennsylvania campus. Mike continued going to the Wharton School of Business, while I quickly found a job as clerk-typist for a surgical equipment company. We carefully and rationally split expenses. I made it very clear that […]

Chapter 3, Leaving Dixie, Part 2

Back to the swamp Letters of reference to Dr. Guy and my reinstatement notwithstanding, I was treated with suspicion in Tally from the git-go. The atmosphere, on campus and off, had doubtless been influenced by the lunch counter sit-ins of three semesters before. I was dimly aware of these through Roy’s letters and my visits, […]

Chapter 3, Leaving Dixie, Part 1

It took me a while to get over the shock of my expulsion from Norman College. There was no place for me to go but home, where there was the strong potential for matricide. I could not envision an academic future. As far as I knew, based on the pronouncements of Sarah, no college would […]

Chapter One, How I Got That Way, Part 8

Trapped in the Piney Woods Groveland is located about six miles from the famous Citrus Tower in Clermont, about 30 miles west of Orlando and 40 miles from Lakeland. At the time I lived near there, it consisted of Piercefield’s gas station, Edge’s dry goods store, a bank, a drugstore complete with soda fountain, no […]

Chapter One, How I Got That Way, Part 7

School days from hell For better or for worse, my childhood in Miami was mostly a saga of being bullied by my classmates and neighborhood children, being resented by most of my teachers for asking too many questions and reading too much, being on the sickly side from malnutrition and anemia and being mostly ignored […]

Chapter ?, Wrestling With Race, Footnotes

Chapter ?, Wrestling With Race, Part 6

Willie Mae’s Biscuits* Much has been written analyzing the sociological factors and the history of racism in America. However, I have found that, in spite of this, even the most educated of my friends not raised in the South have found my stories about living it hard to believe. I was once even accused of […]