African American Urban Experience Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present

ISBN-10: 0312294654

ISBN-13: 9780312294656

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

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Description: Although African Americans have lived in cities since the colonial era, the transformation of rural blacks into a predominantly urban people is largely a twentieth century phenomenon. Only during World War I did African Americans move into cities in large numbers, and only during World War II did more blacks reside in cities than in the countryside. In their quest for full citizenship rights, economic democracy, and release from an oppressive rural past, black southerners turned to urban migration and employment in the nation's industrial sector as a new "Promised Land". In this ground-breaking text, the work of fifteen top scholars provides a truly interdisciplinary examination of these transformations in African American urban life. Bringing together urban history; contemporary social, cultural, and policy research; and comparative perspectives on race, ethnicity, and nationality within and across national boundaries, the editors have organized this innovative volume in a three part structure ideal for classroom use. The first section provides historical perspectives, the second employs social scientific approaches, and the third offers compares the African American experience to those of other ethnic groups in twentieth-century America using the lens of race and class.

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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 3/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Earl Lewis is dean of graduate studies at the University of Michigan.

Introduction: Connecting African American Urban History, Social Science Research, and Policy Debates
Historical Perspectives
Urban Alliances: The Emergence of Race-Based Populism in the Age of Jackson
Industrial Slavery: Linking The Periphery and the Core
Black Life on the Mississippi: African American Steamboat Laborers and the Work Culture of Antebellum Western Steamboats
"The 'Brotherly Love' for Which This City is Proverbial Should Extend to All"
Urban Black Labor in the West, 1849-1949: Reconceptualizing the Image of a Region
Social Scientific, Cultural, and Policy Perspectives
Race and Class in Chicago-School Sociology: The Underclass Concept in Historical Perspective
Black + Woman = Work: Gender Dimensions of the African American Economic Experience
Evidence on Discrimination in Employment: Codes of Color, Codes of Gender
Race, Class, and Space: An Examination of Underclass Notions in the Steel and Motor Cities
The Black Community Building Process in Post-Urban Disorder Detroit, 1967-1997
Comparative Perspectives
Asian American Labor and Historical Interpretation
Conversing Across Boundaries of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Region: Latino and Latina Labor History
Ethnic and Racial Fragmentation: Toward a Reinterpretation of a Local Labor Movement
Is Race the Problem of the 21st Century?
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