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Black Metropolis A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City

ISBN-10: 0226162346

ISBN-13: 9780226162348

Edition: N/A

Authors: St. Clair Drake, Horace R. Cayton, William Julius Wilson, Richard Wright

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Ground-breaking when first published in 1945, Black Metropolis remains a landmark study of race and urban life. Based on a mass of research conducted by Works Progress Administration field workers in the late 1930s, it is a historical and sociological account of the people of Chicago's South Side, the classic urban ghetto. Drake and Cayton's findings not only offer a generalized analysis of black migration, settlement, community structure, and black-white race relations in the early part of the twentieth century, but also tell us what has changed in the last hundred years and what has not. This edition includes the original Introduction by Richard Wright and a new Foreword by William Julius Wilson. "Black Metropolis is a rare combination of research and synthesis, a book to be deeply pondered. . . . No one who reads it intelligently can ever believe again that our racial dilemma can be solved by pushing buttons, or by gradual processes which may reach four or five hundred years into the future."—Bucklin Moon, The Nation "This volume makes a great contribution to the building of the future American and the free world."—Louis Wirth, New York Times "By virtue of its range, its labor and its insight, the book seems certain to become a landmark not only in race studies but in the broader field of social anthropology."—Thomas Sancton, New Republic
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 912
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

William Julius Wilson, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1966 and teaches at the University of Chicago. His scholarly work, written from both historical and sociological perspectives, has concentrated on the condition of African Americans living in inner cities, especially the underclass. He stresses urban divisions separating the middle class from the poor.

Richard Wright was generally thought of as one of the most gifted contemporary African American writers until the rise of James Baldwin. "With Wright, the pain of being a Negro is basically economic---its sight is mainly in the pocket. With Baldwin, the pain suffuses the whole man. . . . If Baldwin's sights are higher than Wright's, it is in part because Wright helped to raise them" (Time). Wright was born on a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. At the age of 15, he started to work in Memphis, then in Chicago, then "bummed all over the country," supporting himself by various odd jobs. His early writing was in the smaller magazines---first poetry, then prose. He won Story Story's $500 prize---for the best story written by a worker on the Writer's Project---with "Uncle Tom's Children" in 1938, his first important publication. He wrote Native Son (1940) in eight months, and it made his reputation. Based in part on the actual case of a young black murderer of a white woman, it was one of the first of the African American protest novels, violent and shocking in its scenes of cruelty, hunger, rape, murder, flight, and prison. Black Boy (1945) is the simple, vivid, and poignant story of Wright's early years in the South. It appeared at the beginning of a new postwar awareness of the evils of racial prejudice and did much to call attention to the plight of the African American. The Outsider (1953) is a novel based on Wright's own experience as a member of the Communist party, an affiliation he terminated in 1944. He remained politically inactive thereafter and from 1946 until his death made his principal residence in Paris. His nonfiction writings on problems of his race include Black Power: A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathos (1954), about a visit to the Gold Coast, White Man, Listen (1957), and Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States.

Clair
Author's Acknowledgment
Introduction
Introduction to the 1962 Edition
Author's Preface to the 1962 Edition
Foreword to the 1993 Edition
Introduction: Midwest Metropolis
Flight to Freedom
Land of Promise
The Great Migration
Race Riot and Aftermath
Between Two Wars
Along the Color-Line
Crossing the Color-Line
The Black Ghetto
The Job Ceiling
The Shifting Line of Color
Democracy and Economic Necessity: Breaking the Job Ceiling
Democracy and Economic Necessity: Black Workers and the New Unions
Democracy and Political Expediency
Bronzeville
The Power of Press and Pulpit
Negro Business: Myth and Fact
Business Under a Cloud
The Measure of the Man
Style of Living—Upper Class
Lower Class: Sex and Family
The World of the Lower Class
The Middle-class Way of Life
Advancing the Race
Of Things to Come A Methodological
Note
Notes and Documentation Bronzeville 1961
Appendix: Black Metropolis 1961
Postscript 1969
A List of Selected Books Dealing with the American Negro
Suggestions for Collateral Reading, 1962
Suggestions for Collateral Reading, 1969
Index