Here is an eloquent
self-portrait of several generations of a black family and the
search for dignity within the American dream. It is a book about
small but nevertheless promising futures - a book with the appeal
that audiences found in Roots.
Despite its initial promise, the north is no longer the Promised
Land for the blacks. In increasing numbers they are returning
to the south, even at the cost of losing the economic security
found in northern cities. Going' Home is the story of one such
family's migration, told in its own words.
Mr. And Mrs, 'Bud' Stanford live in the sleepy town of Eufaula,
Alabama where for fifty years they have surrounded themselves
with the fruits of their labour and loves. They have watched the
changes in race relationships but have remained isolated from
their development. However, for their sons, Hayward, and twenty-four-year-old
Arthur, times have changed, and both men set off for Boston with
hopes of better opportunities. Arthur, during his six year stay,
finds his wife Alma, but the better life proves bitter. Boston
with its traditions of democracy and its symbols of freedom is
divided by racial prejudice of frightening magnitude and its subtle
forms of prejudice erode self-esteem and human dignity.
Finally, Arthur and Alma leave Boston with their younger son for
Atlanta, and then ultimately build a house on the Stanford land.
Although they live in conditions bordering on poverty, they believe
that close to their roots they may achieve the inner happiness
that will be their version of the American dream.
Goin' Home is a poignant story that brings the plight and promise
of a new generation of black Americans into sharp and dramatic
G.P. Putnam's Sons