The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

by Laurence A. Glasco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822942321

ISBN-13: 9780822942320

Pub. Date: 06/06/2004

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

The monumental American Guide Series, published by the Federal Writers’ Project, provided work to thousands of unemployed writers, editors, and researchers in the midst of the Great Depression. Featuring books on states, cities, rivers, and ethnic groups, it also opened an unprecedented view into the lives of the American people during this time.

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The monumental American Guide Series, published by the Federal Writers’ Project, provided work to thousands of unemployed writers, editors, and researchers in the midst of the Great Depression. Featuring books on states, cities, rivers, and ethnic groups, it also opened an unprecedented view into the lives of the American people during this time. Untold numbers of projects in progress were lost when the program was abruptly shut down by a hostile Congress in 1939.

One of those, "The Negro in Pittsburgh," lay dormant in the Pennsylvania State Library until it was microfilmed in 1970. The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh marks the first publication of this rich body of information. This unique historical study of the city’s black population features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions from colonial times through the 1930s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822942320
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
06/06/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The shadow of the plantation21
Ch. 2The Negro on the frontier35
Ch. 3The early community, 1804-186053
Ch. 4Abolition years100
Ch. 5Civil rights168
Ch. 6The Negro wage worker216
Ch. 7Church, school and press230
Ch. 8The later community250
Ch. 12Folkways259
Ch. 13Arts and culture293
Ch. 14The people speak334
App. 1Memorial of Pittsburgh's free citizens of color, 1837361
App. 2Lewis Woodson's "birthday memorandum" of 1856368
App. 3Two poems by George B. Vashon : "Vincent Oge" and "A life day"369
App. 4Transcriptions of selected newspaper items383
Map : African American migration routes to Pittsburgh, 1760-1860409
Map : underground railroad routes in Western Pennsylvania410
Map : Pittsburgh downtown, Hill District, and Allegheny City (north side), ca. 1850411
Map : Pittsburgh neighborhoods and settlements, 1865412

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