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

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738588537
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 958,249
  • 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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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

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