Black Dixie : Afro-Texan history and culture in Houston /
edited by Howard Beeth and Cary D. Wintz.
1st ed.
College Station, Tex. : Texas A&M University Press, c1992.
xiv, 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0890964947 (alk. paper)
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College Station, Tex. : Texas A&M University Press, c1992.
0890964947 (alk. paper)
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Although Houston has long been the home of a large and important African American community, until very recently almost nothing dealing with Houston's black history has appeared in print. This collection of 14 essays is a first effort to provide a history of Houston's black community from the time of slavery to the 1980s. The essays range in emphasis from social to political to economic history. One author describes the career of Houston's first African American legislator; another focuses on the sit-ins in the 1960s. Two essays contain older accounts of African American writers who witnessed life in Houston during the first half of this century. The more interesting of these is the diary of a man who sold black history books in Houston for the benefit of the Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History (ASAALH); this account is an entertaining yet analytical appraisal of black Houston in 1930. Perhaps the finest scholarly study here is that by Robert V. Haynes, tracing the evolution of the white primary in Texas. Haynes not only discusses court decisions, but also gives fascinating detail of the strategy of Houston attorneys involved in the various cases. The essays are tied together by the editors' thoughtful introductions. Useful index. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. S. Cresswell; West Virginia Wesleyan College
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Historians, Houston, and History Historians, Houston, and Historyp. 3
Slavery and Freedom: Blacks in Nineteenth-Century Houston
Introductionp. 13
Use and Distribution of Slave Labor in Harris County, Texas, 1836-60p. 32
Seeking Equality: Houston Black Women during Reconstructionp. 54
Richard Allen: The Chequered Career of Houston's First Black State Legislatorp. 74
Economic and Social Development in Black Houston during the Era of Segregation
Introductionp. 87
The Emergence of Black Business in Houston, Texas: A Study of Race and Ideology, 1919-45p. 103
"Yes, We Have No Jitneys!": Transportation Issues in Houston's Black Community, 1914-24p. 116
Houston's Colored Citizens: Activities and Conditions among the Negro Population in the 1920sp. 128
Sidelights on Houston Negroes as Seen by an Associate of Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1930p. 134
Segregation, Violence, and Civil Rights: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Houston
Introductionp. 157
Race Relations in "Heavenly Houston," 1919-45p. 175
Black Houstonians and the White Democratic Primary, 1920-45p. 192
The Houston Sit-In Movement of 1960-61p. 211
Operation Breadbasket in Houston, 1966-78p. 223
Housing Problems and Prospects in Contemporary Houstonp. 236
Organizing in the Private City: The Case of Houston, Texasp. 253
About the Contributorsp. 278
Indexp. 281
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