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The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929
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In this book, Christopher Robert Reed describes the rise of Chicago's "black metropolis" of the 1920s, bringing to life the fleeting vibrancy of this dynamic period of racial consciousness and solidarity. Reed shows how African Americans rapidly transformed Chicago and achieved political and economic recognition by building on the massive population growth after the Great Migration from the South, the entry of a significant working class into the city's industrial work force, and the proliferation of black churches. Mapping out the labor issues and the struggle for control of black politics and black business, Reed offers an unromanticized view of the entrepreneurial efforts of black migrants, reassessing previous accounts such as St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton's 1945 study Black Metropolis. The exquisitely researched volume draws on fictional and nonfictional accounts of the era, black community guides, mainstream and community newspapers, contemporary scholars and activists, and personal interviews.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Demography and Ethos
  2. pp. 9-33
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  1. 2. "The Whirl of Life": The Social Structure
  2. pp. 34-70
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. 3. The Golden Decade of Black Business
  2. pp. 71-117
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  1. 4. Labor: Both Fat and Lean Years
  2. pp. 118-145
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  1. 5. The Struggle for Control over Black Politics and Protest
  2. pp. 146-185
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  1. 6. Transformed Religion and a Proliferation of Churches
  2. pp. 186-200
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  1. 7. Cultural and Aesthetic Expressions
  2. pp. 201-208
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  1. Conclusion and Legacy
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-251
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-263
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-271
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