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From the Publisher"An important book on the New Negro. . . . Stands tall beside works that have shaped Great Migration historiography. . . . For the pleasure it provides as well as for the intellectual challenges it presents, it should be required reading. I borrow from a cultural icon from another era to sum it up: r-e-s-p-e-c-t."
—Journal of American History
"Richly researched and a welcomed democratization of intellectual history. Baldwin's vibrant prose accentuates the excitement of the city and the stimulating interplay between cultural innovators and their active patrons."
— Journal of Illinois History
Baldwin skillfully combines original sources such as newspapers and magazines of the period with secondary material to create a work that examines issues of class, economics, socialization, politics, and gender. . . . [Chicago's New Negroes] is a fine addition to not only urban history, but also racial and economic historiography. Highly recommended.
"This monograph is much more than an intellectual history . . . . [It] is a fine addition to not only urban history, but also racial and economic historiography."
"A theoretically informed and thought-provoking monograph. . . . A risk-taking, important, and creative work that deserves to find a wide readership among students of popular and consumer culture, and U.S., working-class, and African American history."
— The Journal of African American History
"[A] bold and innovative book [which] seeks to challenge commonly held assumptions about the lack of a thriving black intelligentsia in early twentieth-century Chicago. . . . A pioneering work."
— Journal of American Ethnic History
"Makes a significant contribution in shifting the focus of intellectual history from the erudite to cultural producers. . . . Centralizes mass consumers' ideas of modernity alongside key producers and entrepreneurs. . . . A must-read in African American and cultural studies."
— The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
With this publication Baldwin emerges as one of the dynamic and innovative voices in contemporary African American studies.
—Mark Anthony Neal, author of New Black Man
Baldwin breaks new ground in his critique . . .
—A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker