Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland

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From 1900 to the early 1920s, an unusual community existed in America's heartland: Buxton, Iowa, established by the Consolidation Coal Company. The majority of Buxton's five thousand residents were African Americans - a highly unusual racial composition for a state which was over 90 percent white. At a time when both southern and northern blacks were disadvantaged and oppressed, blacks in Buxton enjoyed true racial integration - steady employment, above-average wages, decent housing and minimal discrimination. ...
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Overview

From 1900 to the early 1920s, an unusual community existed in America's heartland: Buxton, Iowa, established by the Consolidation Coal Company. The majority of Buxton's five thousand residents were African Americans - a highly unusual racial composition for a state which was over 90 percent white. At a time when both southern and northern blacks were disadvantaged and oppressed, blacks in Buxton enjoyed true racial integration - steady employment, above-average wages, decent housing and minimal discrimination. For such reasons, Buxton was commonly known as 'the black man's utopia in Iowa.' Now, eighty years after the town's demise, this truly interdisciplinary history of a unique Iowa community remains a compelling story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877458524
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Bur Oak Book Series
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 719,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Buxton Retrospective: Introduction to the 2003 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Muchakinock: Buxton's Historical Antecedent 13
2 The Creation of a Community 40
3 Workers in a Company Town 64
4 The Consolidation Coal Company 88
5 Family Life 113
6 Ethnicity 148
7 Buxton and Haydock: The Final Years 185
8 A Perspective 210
Notes 223
Selected Bibliography 241
Index 247
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