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Black Chicago's First Century

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In Black Chicago's First Century,Christopher Robert Reed provides the first comprehensive study of an African American population in a nineteenth-century northern city beyond the eastern seaboard. Reed's study covers the first one hundred years of African American settlement and achievements in the Windy City, encompassing a range of activities and events that span the antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, and post-Reconstruction periods. The author takes us from a time when black Chicago provided both workers and soldiers for the Union cause to the ensuing decades that saw the rise and development of a stratified class structure and growth in employment, politics, and culture. Just as the city was transformed in its first century of existence, so were its black inhabitants. Methodologically relying on the federal pension records of Civil War soldiers at the National Archives, as well as previously neglected photographic evidence, manuscripts, contemporary newspapers, and secondary sources, Reed captures the lives of Chicago's vast army of ordinary black men and women. He places black Chicagoans within the context of northern urban history, providing a better understanding of the similarities and differences among them. We learn of the conditions African Americans faced before and after Emancipation. We learn how the black community changed and developed over time: we learn how these people endured-how they educated their children, how they worked, organized, and played. Black Chicago's First Centuryis a balanced and coherent work. Anyone with an interest in urban history or African American studies will find much value in this book.

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"Examines the first one hundred years of African American settlement and achievements in Chicago. It spans the antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, and post-Reconstruction periods"--Provided by publisher.

About the Author

Christopher Robert Reed, Professor of History at Roosevelt University in Chicago, has spent much of his life in that city. He is the author of “All the World Is Here”: The Black Presence at White City and The Chicago NAACP and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910–1966.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826264602
Author:
Reed, Christopher Robert
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Author:
Christopher Robert Reed
Author:
Reed, Christopher
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) History 20th century.
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Race relations.
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Other (Undefined)
Series Volume:
Volume I, 1833-1900
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
Other
Language:
English
Illustrations:
59, chart, maps
Pages:
600
Age Level:
from 18 up to 100

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
» History and Social Science » Americana » General
» History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
» History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
» History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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