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Black Eden chronicles the history of Idlewild, a Michigan black community founded during the aftermath of the Civil War. As one of the nation’s most popular black resorts, Idlewild functioned as a gathering place for African Americans, and more importantly as a touchstone of black identity and culture. Benjamin C. Wilson and Lewis Walker examine Idlewild’s significance within a historical context, as well as the town’s revitalization efforts and the need for comprehensive planning in future development. In a segregated America, Idlewild became a place where black audiences could see rising black entertainers.
     Profusely illustrated with photos from the authors’ personal collections, Black Eden provides a lengthy discussion about the crucial role that Idlewild played in the careers of artists such as Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, and Della Reese. Fundamentally, the book explores issues involved in living in a segregated society, the consequences of the civil rights movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent integration, and the consequences of integration vs. racial solidarity. The authors ask: Did integration kill Idlewild? suggesting rather that other factors contributed to its decline.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1: Establishing the Foundations of a Black Resort in Michigan
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2: Continuation of a Good Deal
  2. pp. 29-46
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  1. 3: The Popular Place to Be
  2. pp. 47-67
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  1. 4: An Emergent Black Entertainment Showcase
  2. pp. 69-119
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  1. 5: Some Intended and Unintended Consequences in the Black Community During the Civil Rights Era
  2. pp. 121-148
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  1. 6: A Snapshot of Idlewild's Contemporary Social Status
  2. pp. 149-167
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  1. 7: Revitalization: 1960-2000 Activities
  2. pp. 169-193
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  1. 8: A Need for a Comprehensive Strategic Plan: Some Suggestions
  2. pp. 195-219
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  1. 9: An Epilogue for Idlewild
  2. pp. 221-237
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-259
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-268
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870139666
Related ISBN
9780870136221
MARC Record
OCLC
606777708
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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