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Race and Renaissance

African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II

Joe W. Trotter and Jared N. Day

Publication Year: 2010

African Americans from Pittsburgh have a long and distinctive history of contributions to the cultural, political, and social evolution of the United States. From jazz legend Earl Fatha Hines to playwright August Wilson, from labor protests in the 1950s to the Black Power movement of the late 1960s, Pittsburgh has been a force for change in American race and class relations.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

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pp. 1-1

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pp. 2-5

African Americans from Pittsburgh have a long and distinctive history of contribu-...


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African American urban history since World War II is an emerging field of scholarship. This research is helping to transform our understanding of numerous topics and themes—the origins and significance of the second Great Migration, the second ghetto, the contemporary urban crisis, deindustrialization, ...

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Chapter 1 War, Politics, and the Creation of the Black Community

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pp. 1-43

Pittsburgh’s African American community had its origins in the late colonial and revolutionary struggles to build a new republic in North America. African American men and women played an important role in the early national and antebellum growth of Pittsburgh as a commercial center in western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley. ...

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Chapter 2 New Migrations, Renaissance I, and the Challenge to Jim Crow

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pp. 44-89

Pittsburgh entered a prolonged period of economic and population decline during the years after World War II. The city lost increasing numbers of jobs and people to the suburbs, the South, the Southwest, and to overseas expansion of manufacturing production. ...

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Chapter 3 Pittsburgh’s Modern Black Freedom Movement

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pp. 90-140

Inspired both by their own history of social struggle and the rapid growth of the Civil Rights movement in the South, African Americans in Pittsburgh escalated their efforts for social change during the 1960s. The emergence of new organizations reinforced and expanded the ongoing activities of the Pittsburgh Urban League and NAACP. ...

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Chapter 4 In the Shadows of Renaissance II

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pp. 141-171

The modern Civil Rights and Black Power movements provided African Americans in Pittsburgh with a broader and more diverse range of neighborhoods, jobs, and schools. At the same time, the material foundation for these changes eroded as the city’s manufacturing economy and population continued to shrink. ...

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Chapter 5 Toward the New Century: Forging Their Own Renaissance

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pp. 172-202

While many of Pittsburgh’s young people responded to hard times and declining economic opportunities by moving elsewhere at the end of the twentieth century, most African Americans stayed and fought for jobs and business opportunities in Pittsburgh’s evolving postindustrial economy. ...


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pp. 355-355

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pp. 356-356

E-ISBN-13: 9780822977551
E-ISBN-10: 0822977559
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822943914
Print-ISBN-10: 0822943913

Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 55 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 794700643
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Subject Headings

  • City and town life -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- History.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Race relations.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Biography.
  • Community development -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Economic conditions.
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Social conditions.
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Intellectual life.
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