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Race and renaissance : African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II /
edited by Joe W. Trotter and Jared N. Day.
imprint
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2010.
description
xxi, 328 p.
ISBN
0822943913 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780822943914 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2010.
isbn
0822943913 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822943914 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7163868
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
Without minimizing the monumental achievements of the civil rights revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, racism remains a significant problem in the 21st-century US. Deindustrialization and the resulting shift to a service economy eliminated the historic employment opportunities that aided African Americans with their economic and social condition. Add to this the reality that too many do not have equal access to education, housing, employment, and health care, all of which increases poverty. African Americans do not enjoy equal protection under the law, which results in more arrests and incarcerations, making it difficult to find meaningful and financially acceptable employment. Gender and class status further undermine the chances for poor African Americans. Despite these negatives, opportunities exist, and people of color do escape the bonds of poverty. Trotter and Day (both, Carnegie-Mellon Univ.) reach these conclusions based on their focus on Pittsburgh. Sadly, there is nothing particularly unique about Pittsburgh, as similar conditions exist in virtually all US cities. The authors' research is exemplary, providing a model for similar studies as well as a reminder for everyone that the civil rights revolution is far from complete. An excellent book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. R. Jamieson Ashland University
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"By no means the last word on the subject . . . only the first, but it issues a wakeup call to the collective civic conscience that is long overdue." -Pittsburgh Quarterly
"This exquisitely researched book is a fine resource for understanding how deindustrialization and urban renewal shaped Black America post World War II. From these pages emerges a remarkable portrait of a people determined to win full equality and self-determination in spite of mounting obstacles. It is an essential reference for those interested in cities, twentieth-century history, and African American studies." -Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University
“This exquisitely researched book is a fine resource for understanding how deindustrialization and urban renewal shaped Black America post World War II. From these pages emerges a remarkable portrait of a people determined to win full equality and self-determination in spite of mounting obstacles. It is an essential reference for those interested in cities, twentieth-century history, and African American studies.” -Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University
“In providing us with this lucid history of Pittsburgh’s African American community, Trotter and Day shed new light on how past actions inform present conditions in the Steel City’s black neighborhoods. Their case study, the first of its kind on post-war Pittsburgh, will prove especially useful to urban historians seeking new ways to understand African American’s changing roles and responses in the face of the structural reordering of postwar urban America.” -H-Net Reviews
"Imaginatively conceived, well researched, and engagingly written. Trotter and Day have crafted a new standard for the study of African American community that deepens our understanding of urban black culture formations and the transformations in, and manipulations of, political power. They admirably demonstrate the complexity of African Americansrs" efforts to seize the Dream and make real a new birth of freedom." -Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
"In providing us with this lucid history of Pittsburgh's African American community, Trotter and Day shed new light on how past actions inform present conditions in the Steel City's black neighborhoods. Their case study, the first of its kind on post-war Pittsburgh, will prove especially useful to urban historians seeking new ways to understand African American's changing roles and responses in the face of the structural reordering of postwar urban America." -H-Net Reviews
“Imaginatively conceived, well researched, and engagingly written. Trotter and Day have crafted a new standard for the study of African American community that deepens our understanding of urban black culture formations and the transformations in, and manipulations of, political power. They admirably demonstrate the complexity of African Americans’ efforts to seize the Dream and make real a new birth of freedom.” -Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
"Breaks new ground as the first significant history of the African American community of Pittsburgh since World War II. The authors' approach is wide-ranging, covering issues of civil rights, housing and segregation, organizational development, and political involvement, among other subjects. What makes this volume particularly valuable, however, is its placement of Pittsburgh's black community in the framework of the city's decline as an industrial center and eventual rebirth as a smaller city with a postindustrial economic base. It deserves a wide readership." -Kenneth L. Kusmer, Temple University
“By no means the last word on the subject . . . only the first, but it issues a wakeup call to the collective civic conscience that is long overdue.” -Pittsburgh Quarterly
"Imaginatively conceived, well researched, and engagingly written. Trotter and Day have crafted a new standard for the study of African American community that deepens our understanding of urban black culture formations and the transformations in, and manipulations of, political power. They admirably demonstrate the complexity of African Americans' efforts to seize the Dream and make real a new birth of freedom." -Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
"An excellent book. The authors' research is exemplary, providing a model for similar studies as well as a reminder for everyone that the civil rights revolution is far from complete. Highly recommended." -Choice
“An excellent book. The authors’ research is exemplary, providing a model for similar studies as well as a reminder for everyone that the civil rights revolution is far from complete. Highly recommended.” -Choice
“Breaks new ground as the first significant history of the African American community of Pittsburgh since World War II. The authors’ approach is wide-ranging, covering issues of civil rights, housing and segregation, organizational development, and political involvement, among other subjects. What makes this volume particularly valuable, however, is its placement of Pittsburgh’s black community in the framework of the city’s decline as an industrial center and eventual rebirth as a smaller city with a postindustrial economic base. It deserves a wide readership.” -Kenneth L. Kusmer, Temple University
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Summaries
Main Description
African Americans from Pittsburgh have a long and distinctive history of contributions to the cultural, political, and social evolution of the United States. From jazz legend Earl Fatha Hines to playwright August Wilson, from labor protests in the 1950s to the Black Power movement of the late 1960s, Pittsburgh has been a force for change in American race and class relations. Race and Renaissancepresents the first history of African American life in Pittsburgh after World War II. It examines the origins and significance of the second Great Migration, the persistence of Jim Crow into the postwar years, the second ghetto, the contemporary urban crisis, the civil rights and Black Power movements, and the Million Man and Million Woman marches, among other topics. In recreating this period, Trotter and Day draw not only from newspaper articles and other primary and secondary sources, but also from oral histories. These include interviews with African Americans who lived in Pittsburgh during the postwar era, uncovering firsthand accounts of what life was truly like during this transformative epoch in urban history. In these ways, Race and Renaissanceilluminateshow African Americans arrived at their present moment in history. It also links movements for change to larger global issues: civil rights with the Vietnam War; affirmative action with the movement against South African apartheid. As such, the study draws on both sociology and urban studies to deepen our understanding of the lives of urban blacks.
Main Description
African Americans from Pittsburgh have a long and distinctive history of contributions to the cultural, political, and social evolution of the United States. From jazz legend Earl Fatha Hines to playwright August Wilson, from labor protests in the 1950s to the Black Power movement of the late 1960s, Pittsburgh has been a force for change in American race and class relations. Race and Renaissancepresents the first history of African American life in Pittsburgh after World War II. It examines the origins and significance of the second Great Migration, the persistence of Jim Crow into the postwar years, the second ghetto, the contemporary urban crisis, the civil rights and Black Power movements, and the Million Man and Million Woman marches, among other topics. In recreating this period, Trotter and Day draw not only from newspaper articles and other primary and secondary sources, but also from oral histories. These include interviews with African Americans who lived in Pittsburgh during the postwar era, uncovering firsthand accounts of what life was truly like during this transformative epoch in urban history. In these ways,Race and Renaissanceilluminateshow African Americans arrived at their present moment in history. It also links movements for change to larger global issues: civil rights with the Vietnam War; affirmative action with the movement against South African apartheid. As such, the study draws on both sociology and urban studies to deepen our understanding of the lives of urban blacks.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
War, Politics, and the Creation of the Black Communityp. 1
New Migrations, Renaissance I, and the Challenge to Jim Crowp. 44
Pittsburgh's Modern Black Freedom Movementp. 90
In the Shadows of Renaissance IIp. 141
Toward the New Century: Forging Their Own Renaissancep. 172
Appendix: Tablesp. 203
Notesp. 229
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 315
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