Historical Roots of the Urban Crisis: Blacks in the Industrial City, 1900-1950

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This collection of 12 new essays will tell the story of how the gradual transformation of industrial society into service-driven postindustrial society affected black life and culture in the city between 1900 and 1950, and it will shed light on the development of those forces that wreaked havoc in the lives of African Americans in the succeeding epoch. The book will examine the black urban experience in the northern, southern and western regions of the U.S. and will be thematically organized around the themes of work, community, city buliding, and protest. the analytic focus will be on the efforts of African Americans to find work and build communities in a constant ly changing economy and urban environments, tinged with racism,hostility, and the notions of white supremacy. Some chapters will be based on original research, while others will represent a systhesis of existing literature on that topic.

Author Biography

Eileen Boris is professor of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia Vicky Dula is an employment counselor at the University of Cincinnati Song-Ho Ha is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo Georgina Hickey is an assistant professor of History at Georgia Southern University Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh is an associate professor of History at the Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati Liesl Miller Orenic is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University Mark Naison is a professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and directs its Urban Studies Program Sigmund Shipp is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College in New York City Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., is an associate professor in the Deparment of Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo and is founder and director of the Center for Urban Studies Joe W. Trotter is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University Andrew Wiese is an associate professor of U.S. History at San Diego State University Walter Hill is a senior archivist/subject area specialist for African American History, Textual Reference Division, National Archives and Records Administration

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword ix
Graham Russell Hodges
Margaret Washington
Acknowledgments xi
Preface xiii
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Walter Hill
Prologue 1(26)
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Walter Hill
PART I Home and Community Building 27(148)
A Unity of Opposites: The Black College-Educated Elite, Black Workers, and the Community Development Process
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Song-Ho Ha
Creating the Metropolis in Black and White: Black Suburbanization and the Planning Movement in Cincinnati, 1900--1950
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Municipal Harmony: Cultural Pluralism, Public Recreation, and Race Relations
Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh
From Auburn Avenue to Buttermilk Bottom: Class and Community Dynamics among Atlanta's Blacks
Georgina Hickey
Blacks in the Suburban and Rural Fringe
Andrew Wiese
PART II Work and Federal Policy 175(100)
African Americans in the U.S. Economy: Federal Policy and the Transformation of Work, 1915--1945
Liesl Miller Orenic
Joe W. Trotter
The Battle Against Wage Slavery: The National Urban League, the NAACP, and the Struggle over New Deal Policies
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Vicky Dula
Song-Ho Ha
Building Bricks without Straw: Robert C. Weaver and Negro Industrial Employment, 1934--1944
Sigmund Shipp
Black Workers, Trade Unions, and Labor Standards: The Wartime FEPC
Eileen Boris
Epilogue: African Americans and the Dawning of the Postindustrial Era 275(12)
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.
Mark Naison
Contributors 287(4)
Index 291

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