To Ask for an Equal Chance: African Americans in the Great Depression

To Ask for an Equal Chance: African Americans in the Great Depression

by Cheryl Lynn Greenberg
     
 

The Great Depression hit Americans hard, but none harder than African Americans and the working poor. This brief, engaging book covers the range of African Americans' experiences during the 1930s. Cheryl Lynn Greenberg explores employment issues, the New Deal's effect on African Americans, family and community changes, and how the coming of war affected the

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The Great Depression hit Americans hard, but none harder than African Americans and the working poor. This brief, engaging book covers the range of African Americans' experiences during the 1930s. Cheryl Lynn Greenberg explores employment issues, the New Deal's effect on African Americans, family and community changes, and how the coming of war affected the population. The book straddles the particular—with examinations of specific communities and experiences—and the general—with explorations of the broader effects of racism, discrimination, family, class, and political organizing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742551886
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2009
Series:
African American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Lynn Greenberg is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: No Strangers to Hardship: Black Life before the Crash
Chapter 2: Last Hired, First Fired: Working through the Great Depression
Chapter 3: Of New Deals and Raw Deals
Chapter 4: "Let Us Build": Political Organizing in the Depression Era
Chapter 5: Weary Blues: Black Communities and Black Culture
Epilogue: "Should I Sacrifice to Live 'Half American'?"
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