Harlem

Harlem

by Gilbert Osofsky
     
 

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A great many books have been written about Harlem, but for social history none has surpassed Gilbert 'sofsky's account of how a pleasant, pastoral upper-middle-class suburb of Manhattan turned into an appalling black slum within forty years. Mr. 'sofsky sets his chronicle against the background of pre-Harlem black life in New York City and in the context of the

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A great many books have been written about Harlem, but for social history none has surpassed Gilbert 'sofsky's account of how a pleasant, pastoral upper-middle-class suburb of Manhattan turned into an appalling black slum within forty years. Mr. 'sofsky 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.... 'sofsky 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
'sofsky 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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631044
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/25/1996
Edition description:
First Elephant Paperback Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,155,233
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.85(d)

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John Hope Franklin
More than a…picture of Harlem, colorful and exciting…a careful and important study of the way…a ghetto develops.
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.

Meet the Author

Gilbert 'sofsky 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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