Harlem

Overview

A great many books have been written about Harlem, but for social history none has surpassed Gilbert Osofsky's account of how a pleasant, pastoral upper-middle-class suburb of Manhattan turned into an appalling black slum within forty years. Mr. Osofsky sets his chronicle against the background of pre-Harlem black life in New York City and in the context of the radical changes in race relations in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He traces Harlem's change to the largest segregated ...

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Overview

A great many books have been written about Harlem, but for social history none has surpassed Gilbert Osofsky's account of how a pleasant, pastoral upper-middle-class suburb of Manhattan turned into an appalling black slum within forty years. Mr. Osofsky sets his chronicle against the background of pre-Harlem black life in New York City and in the context of the radical changes in race relations in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He traces Harlem's change to the largest segregated neighborhood in the nation and then its fall to a slum. Throughout he neatly balances statistics and humanly revealing details. "A careful and important study.... Osofsky at once takes his place alongside James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and others who have looked at Harlem at close range."—John Hope Franklin. "A pioneering scholarly achievement.... Although the subject engages his compassion, his presentation is rigorously straightforward and unsentimental and therefore all the more valuable as social analysis."—New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Osofsky asks questions that really matter and writes with vigor and clarity of a man who knows precisely what he wants to say. The result is an interesting narrative combined with provocative analysis of an important subject.
— Arthur Mann
New York Times Book Review
A pioneering scholarly achievement.
New York Times
A pioneering scholarly achievement.
The New York Times
A pioneering scholarly achievement.
American Historical Review - Arthur Mann
Osofsky asks questions that really matter and writes with vigor and clarity of a man who knows precisely what he wants to say. The result is an interesting narrative combined with provocative analysis of an important subject.
John Hope Franklin
More than a mere picture of Harlem, colorful and exciting as it is, this is also a careful and important study of the way in which a ghetto develops.
New York Times Book Review
A pioneering scholarly achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566631044
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/25/1996
  • Edition description: First Elephant Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,375,578
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Osofsky taught American history at the University of Illinois at Chicago before his death in 1974. His other books include Puttin’ on Ole Massa and The Burden of Race.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface ix Part 2 Preface to the Second Edition xiii Part 3 PART ONE: THE NEGRO AND THE CITY Chapter 4 "No Crystal Stair": Negro New York, the 1890's 3 Chapter 5 "Come Out from Among Them": Negro Migration and Settlement, 1890-1914 17 Chapter 6 Alienation: New York and the Negro 35 Chapter 7 Urban Progressives: Negro and White 53 Part 8 PART TWO: THE MAKING OF A GHETTO Chapter 9 A Genteel Community: Harlem, 1890 71 Chapter 10 The Other Harlem: Roots of Instability 81 Chapter 11 Race Enterprise: The Afro-American Realty Company 92 Chapter 12 A Neighborhood Transformed 105 Part 13 PART THREE: HARLEM SLUM Chapter 14 Harlem Tragedy: An Emerging Slum 127 Chapter 15 "Harlem Must Be Saved": The Perpetual Frontier 150 Chapter 16 A Taste of Honey: Ward Politics 159 Part 17 Epilogue: Symbols of the Jazz Age— The New Negro and Harlem Discovered 179 Part 18 Retrospect: The Enduring Ghetto 189 Part 19 Bibliographical Essay 203 Part 20 Notes 215 Part 21 Index 265

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