Disputing the so-called ghetto studies that depicted the early part of the twentieth century as the nadir of African American society, this thoughtful volume by Christopher Robert Reed investigates black life in turn-of-the-century Chicago, revealing a vibrant community that grew and developed on Chicago's South Side in the early 1900s. Reed also explores the impact of the fifty thousand black southerners who streamed into the city during the Great Migration of 1916-1918, effectively doubling Chicago's African American population. Those already residing in Chicago's black neighborhoods.
Publisher:Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Cover; Jacket Flaps; Frontispiece; Title page; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Fabric of Society; 2. Black Chicago and the Color Line; 3. The Structure of Society; 4. Housing along an Elastic Streetscape; 5. Religion and Churches; 6. Labor and Business; 7. Politics and Protest; 8. The Reuniting of a People: A Tale of Two Black Belts; 9. Employment and Political Contention; 10. Martial Ardor, the Great War, and the Race Riot of 1919; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Author biography; Back Cover.