The Great Migrationthe mass exodus of blacks from the rural South to the urban North and West in the twentieth centuryshaped American culture and life in ways still evident today. In Fly Away, Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott trace the ideas that inspired African Americans to abandon the South for freedom and opportunity elsewhere.
Black southerners fled the Low Country of South Carolina, the mines and mills of Birmingham, Alabama, the farms of the Mississippi Delta, and the urban wards of Houston, Texas, for new opportunities in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Los Angeles. They took with them the South’s rich traditions of religion, language, music, and art, recreating and preserving their southern identity in the churches, newspapers, jazz clubs, and neighborhoods of America’s largest cities. Rutkoff and Scott’s sweeping study explores the development and adaptation of African American culture, from its West African roots to its profound and lasting impact on mainstream America.
Broad in scope and original in its interpretation, Fly Away illuminates the origins, development, and transformation of national culture during an important chapter in twentieth-century American history.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Peter M. Rutkoff is a professor of American studies at Kenyon College. William B. Scott is professor emeritus of history at Kenyon College. They are the coauthors of New York Modern: The Arts and the City.