Upbuilding Black Durham Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South

ISBN-10: 0807858358
ISBN-13: 9780807858356
Edition: 2008
Authors: Leslie Brown
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

In the 1910s, both W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington praised the black community in Durham, North Carolina, for its exceptional race progress. Migration, urbanization, and industrialization had turned black Durham from a post-Civil War liberation community into the "capital of the black middle class." African Americans owned and operated mills, factories, churches, schools, and an array of retail services, shops, community organizations, and race institutions. Using interviews, narratives, and family stories, Leslie Brown animates the history of this remarkable city from emancipation to the civil rights era, as freedpeople and their descendants struggled among themselves and with whites to give meaning to black freedom. Brown paints Durham in the Jim Crow era as a place of dynamic change where despite common aspirations, gender and class conflicts emerged. Placing African American women at the center of the story, Brown describes how black Durham's multiple constituencies experienced a range of social conditions. Shifting the historical perspective away from seeing solidarity as essential to effective struggle or viewing dissent as a measure of weakness, Brown demonstrates that friction among African Americans generated rather than depleted energy, sparking many activist initiatives on behalf of the black community.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction
Seek Out a Good Place: Making Decisions in Freedom
Durham's Narrow Escape: Gendering Race Politics
Many Important Particulars Are Far from Flattering: The Gender Dimensions of the "Negro Problem"
We Have Great Faith in Luck, but Infinitely More in Pluck: Gender and the Making of a New Black Elite
We Need to Be as Close Friends as Possible: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Upbuilding
Helping to Win This War: Gender and Class on the Home Front
Every Wise Woman Buildeth Her House: Gender and the Paradox of the Capital of the Black Middle Class
There Should Be ... No Discrimination: Gender, Class, and Activism in the New Deal Era
Plenty of Opposition Which Is Growing Daily: Gender, Generation, and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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