African Americans in Pennsylvania Shifting Historical Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0271016876
ISBN-13: 9780271016870
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List price: $39.95
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 10/13/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

From the onset of the modern civil rights and black power movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s through recent times, scholarship on Pennsylvania's African American experience proliferated. Unfortunately, much of it is scattered in books and journals that are not easily accessible. Under the editorship of Joe W. Trotter and Eric Ledell Smith, African Americans in Pennsylvania brings together an outstanding array of this scholarship and makes it accessible to a wider audience, including general as well as professional students of the black experience.This volume, co-published with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, offers the most comprehensive history of the state's black history to date. Chapters emphasize the interplay of class and race from the origins of the Commonwealth during the seventeenth century, through the era of deindustrialization in the late twentieth century. We see not only poor and working-class people but also educated business and professional people. And although scholarship has traditionally focused on the experiences of black men, this volume includes significant research on black women. Most important, this volume suggests a conceptual framework for a historical synthesis of the state's African American experience.In his introduction, Trotter assesses the strengths and limitations of existing scholarship, showing how it is built on the contributions of nineteenth-century pioneers as well as those of the first generation of professional historians, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Richard R. Wright, and Edward Raymond Turner. Chapters are grouped into four interlocking parts that correspond to important changes in Pennsylvania's political economy. Each part includes a brief substantive introduction that ties together the themes of the ensuing chapters. This format enables readers to develop their own synthesis of key socioeconomic and political changes in the state's African American experience over more than three centuries of time.African Americans in Pennsylvania shows how ordinary people have influenced the culture, institutions, and politics of African American communities in Pennsylvania. In the process, it documents the ways that black people have influenced, and continue to influence, the state as a whole.Contributors are Elijah Anderson, John F. Bauman, R. J. M. Blackett, John E. Bodnar, Carolyn Leonard Carson, Dennis C. Dickerson, Gerald G. Eggert, V. P. Franklin, Laurence Glasco, Peter Gottlieb, Theodore Hershberg, Leroy T. Hopkins, Norman P. Hummon, Emma Jones Lapsansky, Janice Sumler Lewis, Frederic Miller, Edward K. Muller, Gary B. Nash, Merl E. Reed, Harry C. Silcox, Jean R. Soderlund, and Joe W. Trotter, Jr.

Foreword
Editors' Preface
Introduction: Pennsylvania's African American History: A Review of the Literature
The Commercial Economy: The Transformation of Africans into African Americans, 1684-1840
Slaves and Slave Owners in Colonial Philadelphia
Black Women in Colonial Pennsylvania
"Since The Got Those Separate Churches": Afro-Americans and Racism in Jacksonian Philadelphia
The Industrializing Era: The Meaning of Freedom in a Democratic State, 1840-1870
Free Blacks in Antebellum Philadelphia: A Study of Ex-Slaves, Freeborn, and Socioeconomic Decline
"Freedom, or the Martyr's Grave": Black Pittsburgh's Aid to the Fugitive Slave
The Forten-Purvis Women of Philadelphia and the American Antislavery Crusade
No Balm in Gilead: Lancaster's African American Population and the Civil War Era
Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia Black Militant: Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871)
"Two Steps Forward, a Step-and-a-Half Back": Harrisburg's African American Community in the Nineteenth Century
The Industrial Era: New Patterns of Class, Race, and Ethnicity, 1870-1945
The Impact of the "New Immigration" on the Black Worker: Steelton, Pennsylvania, 1880-1920
Migration and Jobs: The New Black Workers in Pittsburgh, 1916-1930
The Black Migration to Philadelphia: A 1924 Profile
The Philadelphia Race Riot of 1918
And the Results Showed Promise ... Physicians, Childbirth, and Southern Black Migrant Women, 1916-1930: Pittsburgh as a Case Study
Black Workers, Defense Industries, and Federal Agencies in Pennsylvania, 1941-1945
The Black Church in Industrializing Western Pennsylvania, 1870-1950
The Transformation of the Black Community: Toward the Postindustrial Era, 1945-1985
Double Burden: The Black Experience in Pittsburgh
Public Housing, Isolation, and the Urban Underclass: Philadelphia's Richard Allen Homes, 1941-1965
Race and Neighborhood Transition
List of Contributors
Index

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