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Strangers in the land of paradise : the creation of an African American community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940 /
by Lillian Serece Williams.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1999.
description
xvii, 273 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0253335523 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1999.
isbn
0253335523 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3053756
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
The small but long-lived African American community of Buffalo, New York, grew from free blacks and runaway slaves in the years before the Civil War and then increased in number with migrants from the rural South with the coming of WW I. This standard background serves as the basis for Williams's solid and scholarly exploration of how newer migrants coming to benefit from industrialization collided with the earlier settlers. There was at once a sense of responsibility to look after and yet also keep a distance from uncultured and rustic kinsmen. This finely nuanced study evokes class and status divisions within the African American neighborhoods while presenting readers with the omnipresent role of the black church as a cohesive force among the divisive elements tearing at the community. Black clergy and the social elite served an important leadership role in preserving a sense of dignity and fighting for civil rights, despite the fact that the same leadership might split on whether or not to endorse Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Williams brings a fine balance to her work, revealing a group composed of people whose lives, institutions, and struggle for acceptance, achievement, and advancement mirrored the struggles of so many others. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Kleiman; University of Wisconsin Colleges
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The lives of African Americans in Buffalo from 1900 to 1940 reveal much about race, class and gender in the development of urban communities. This book examines the creation of an African American community as a distinct cultural entity.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Blacks in Twentieth-Century Buffalo: Structural Development
The Early Yearsp. 9
Growing Up Blackp. 31
To Help See One Another Throughp. 45
Workp. 65
Blacks Organize to Improve Their Status: Institutional Development
Philanthropy and Upliftp. 99
Not Aims, but Opportunityp. 123
Civil Rights, Politics, and Communityp. 151
Conclusionp. 188
Figures
Age Distribution of Buffalo Population by Race and Sex, 1920p. 194
Household Status of Black Males, 1905p. 195
Household Status of Black Males, 1925p. 196
Household Status of Black Females, 1905p. 197
Household Status of Black Females, 1925p. 198
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - High School and Grammar Schoolp. 199
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Womenp. 199
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - American and "Old Immigration" Groupsp. 200
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - American and "New Immigration" Groupsp. 200
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - American and "Old Immigration" Groups (high school graduates only)p. 201
Median Salary and Weekly Experience - American and "New Immigration" Groups (high school graduates only)p. 201
Maps
Black Population in the City of Buffalo, 1905p. 204
Black Population in the City of Buffalo, 1915p. 205
Black Population in the City of Buffalo, 1925p. 206
Ethnic Settlements in Buffalo at the Turn of the Twentieth Centuryp. 207
Buffalo Tracts, Wards, Councilmanic Districtsp. 208
Method of Computerization and Occupation Codesp. 209
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 249
Periodicals and Newspapersp. 261
Manuscript Collectionsp. 263
Indexp. 265
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