Not Alms but Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950 / Edition 1

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Overview

Illuminating the class issues that shaped the racial uplift movement, Reed explores the ideology and policies of the Urban League's activities in New York and Chicago during the first half of the 20th century. He argues that racial uplift in the Urban League reflected many of the class biases pervading contemporaneous social reform movements. He traces the Urban League's ideology to the famed Chicago School of Sociology. According to Reed, the League's reform endeavors from the migration era through World War II oscillated between projects to "adjust" or even "contain" unacculturated Afro-Americans and projects intended to enhance the status of the African American middle class.

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"Reed succeeds in making sense of the ideological and class perspectives that shaped the initiatives of the Urban League. . . . He also makes a compelling argument for a more holistic approach to any project designed to 'uplift the race.'"—Journal of American Ethnic History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859025
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,147,651
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Toure F. Reed is associate professor of Afro-American history at Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Ideological Origins of the Urban League 11

2 Community Development and Housing, 1910-1932 27

3 Vocational Training, Employment, and Job Placements, 1910-1932 59

4 Labor Unions, Social Reorganization, and the Acculturation of Black Workers, 1910-1932 81

5 Vocational Guidance and Organized Labor during the New Deal, 1933-1940 107

6 Employment from the March on Washington to the Pilot Placement Project, 1940-1950 139

7 Housing and Neighborhood Work in the Age of the Welfare State, 1933-1950 169

Notes 197

Bibliography 235

Index 245

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