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From the Publisher"A well-researched, textured, and eloquent community study that highlights the forms of cooperation and conflict between white and black Durhamites and within Durham's black community."
—Journal of Social History
"Brown's powerful writing and careful research come alive in the many voices she uses in tracing the development of Durham's black community from emancipation to the early 1940s."
—The North Carolina Historical Review
"In this meticulously researched and intelligently rendered history of black Durham, Leslie Brown masterfully documents the ways in which the 'capital of the black middle class' was forged through the cooperation of—and conflict between—African American women and men of the elite, aspiring, and working classes. This is a significant achievement and warrants a wide readership."
— Martin Summers, University of Texas at Austin, author of Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900@-1930
"Insightful. . . . A study in community transformation and a commentary on gender, race, and class within the African American community. . . . Highly recommended."
"Brown ingeniously frames her history as an evolution of consciousness across generations. . . . A deftly rendered study of a place that once fascinated and bedeviled America's foremost black individuals."
— Southern Historian
"Offer[s] a rich and textured portrait that illuminates many themes in the existing literature. . . . A worthy addition to the mosaic of studies charting the black experience in southern cities and states."
-The Journal of American History