ISBN-10:
0520084446
ISBN-13:
9780520084445
Pub. Date:
10/25/1993
Publisher:
University of California Press
In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk, Virginia / Edition 1

In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk, Virginia / Edition 1

by Earl LewisEarl Lewis

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Overview

Since the Civil War, African Americans have made great efforts to empower themselves. Focusing on Norfolk, Virginia, Earl Lewis shows how blacks have had to balance competing inclinations for conscious inaction and purposeful agitation as they sought to promote their own interests at home and in the workplace.

Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In Their Own Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Interests presents a cross-section of southern urban blacks—the power-brokers and lesser-knowns, Garvey followers and communist enthusiasts—who came to live in Norfolk between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis seeks to recreate the texture of African-American life by examining the lives of the people after they moved to the city—the jobs and assistance they secured, the houses, families, and institutions they built, the battles they waged, and the culture they shared.

Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In Their Own Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Interests moves African-American urban and social history beyond the current intellectual crossroads. Drawing on a variety of sources, Lewis tells the interconnected story of race, class, and power in twentieth-century Norfolk. His study has far-reaching implications and should be of wide interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520084445
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/25/1993
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Earl Lewis is Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS 
LIST OF TABLES AND GRAPHS 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 
INTRODUCTION 
1. Framing a Perspective, 1862-1910 
2. Migration, Jobs, and Race-Conscious
Urban Workers, 1910-1930 
3. Race Relations, Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Institutions, and Development in the Home Sphere, 1910-1930 
4. Culture and the Family: Defining Their World, 1910-1930 
5. Unemployment, Migration, and Material Decline:The Foundation for Change, 1929-1941 
6. The Depression Years: Toward a Restructuring of Social Relations, 1929-1941 
7. World War II and the Crystallization of a New Perspective, 1941-1945 
CONCLUSION: EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED, BUT EVERYTHING REMAINS THE SAME 
NOTES 
BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY 
INDEX 

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