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Every American city had a small, self-aware, and active black elite, who felt it was their duty to set the standard for the less fortunate members of their race and to lead their communities by example. Rank within this black upper class rested on such issues as the status of one’s forebears as either house servants or field hands, the darkness of one’s skin, and the level of one’s manners and education.

Professor Gatewood’s study examines this class of African Americans by looking at the genealogies and occupations of specific families and individuals throughout the United States and their roles in their various communities. The resulting narrative is a full and illuminating account of a most influential segment of the African-American population. It explores fully the distinctive background, prestige, attitudes, behavior, power, and culture of this class. The Black Community Studies series from the University of Arkansas Press, edited by Professor Gatewood, continues to examine many of the same themes first explored in this important study.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Part I. Origins
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. Background and Antecedents
  2. pp. 7-30
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  1. Part II. People and Places
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 33-37
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  1. 2. Washington: Capital of the Colored Aristocracy
  2. pp. 38-68
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  1. 3. Aristocrats of Color in the South
  2. pp. 69-96
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  1. 4. The “Upper Tens” in the Northeast
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. 5. Elites in the Midwest and West
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. Part III. Color, Culture, and Behavior
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. 6. The Color Factor
  2. pp. 153-186
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  1. 7. The Genteel Performance
  2. pp. 187-215
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  1. 8. Upper-Class Club Life
  2. pp. 216-254
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  1. 9. The Education of the Elite
  2. pp. 255-280
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  1. 10. Churches of the Aristocracy
  2. pp. 281-309
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  1. 11. Aristocrats of Color and Jim Crow
  2. pp. 310-334
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  1. Part IV. Changes and Continuities
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 337-343
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  1. 12. Into the 1920s
  2. pp. 344-362
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 363-426
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Photographs
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610750257
Related ISBN(s)
9781557285935
MARC Record
OCLC
1003856507
Pages
494
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No

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