African Americans in Chicago, Illinois (Images of America Series)
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African Americans in Chicago, Illinois (Images of America Series)

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by Lowell Thompson
     
 

The story of black Chicago is so rich that few know it all. It began long before the city itself. "The first white man here was a black man," Potowatami natives reportedly said about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the brown-skinned man recognized as Chicago's first non-Indian settler. It's all here: from the site of DuSable's cabin--now smack-dab in the middle

Overview


The story of black Chicago is so rich that few know it all. It began long before the city itself. "The first white man here was a black man," Potowatami natives reportedly said about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the brown-skinned man recognized as Chicago's first non-Indian settler. It's all here: from the site of DuSable's cabin--now smack-dab in the middle of Chicago's Magnificent Mile--to images of famous and infamous residents like boxers Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis. Here are leaders and cultural touchstones like Jesse Binga's bank, Robert S. Abbott's Chicago Defender, legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Ida B. Wells, the Eighth Regiment, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, and much more . . . including a guy named Obama. Here is the black Chicago family album, of folks who made and never made the headlines, and pictures and stories of kinship and fellowship of African Americans leaving the violent, racist South and "goin' to Chicago" to find their piece of the American Dream. Chicago has been called the "Second City," but black Chicago is second to none.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738588537
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,285,551
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Born at 3625 Giles Avenue on Chicago's South Side, Lowell Thompson is an artist/writer and "creative catalyst." In 1968, three months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was one of the first African Americans hired in the creative department of any leading American advertising agency.

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African Americans in Chicago, Illinois (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lediecks More than 1 year ago
As an architect and urbanist I am familiar with many of the buildings and neighborhoods shown in African Americans in Chicago. I enjoyed seeing them through the photographic eyes of the people who lived there. The photos are wonderful. The text is informative. This is a book that rewards a straight read or casually opening to a random page and browsing.