A moving odyssey of a search -- for self and race -- as the author records his findings from a trip, financed by the Rockefeller Foundation through the University of North Carolina, through the South to explore the life of the Negro. With his upper class background, son of Howard University graduates, living in Wilmington, Delaware, he early absorted the inferiority attaching to color, and his own struggles at Lincoln University and Brown University matured the hate and fear of both races until there seemed no hope for himself or his race. Then the trip with its records of conditions, stories, frustrations, confusions and castes of the Negro -- a grim, brave, beaten, tragic, frightened, proud groping for a democratic way of life and freedom from present day oppression. It is an articulate, balanced, sometimes wise portrayal, ending on a note of idealistic hope. A serious, noteworthy contribution.