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I want to talk about the first northern urban generation of negroes. I want to talk about the experiences of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society. This story is of their searching, their dreams, their sorrows, their small and futile rebellions, and their endless battle to establish their own place in America’s greatest metropolis- and in America itself. – Preface, Manchild in the promised land.