The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929

The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929

by Christopher Robert Reed

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The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929 by Christopher Robert Reed

During the Roaring '20s, African Americans rapidly transformed their Chicago into a "black metropolis." In this book, Christopher Robert Reed describes the rise of African Americans in Chicago's political economy, bringing to life the fleeting vibrancy of this dynamic period of racial consciousness and solidarity.
 
Reed shows how African Americans rapidly transformed Chicago and achieved political and economic recognition by building on the massive population growth after the Great Migration from the South, the entry of a significant working class into the city's industrial work force, and the proliferation of black churches. Mapping out the labor issues and the struggle for control of black politics and black business, Reed offers an unromanticized view of the entrepreneurial efforts of black migrants, reassessing previous accounts such as St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton's 1945 study Black Metropolis.
 
Utilizing a wide range of historical data, The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920–1929 delineates a web of dynamic social forces to shed light on black businesses and the establishment of a black professional class. The exquisitely researched volume draws on fictional and nonfictional accounts of the era, black community guides, mainstream and community newspapers, contemporary scholars and activists, and personal interviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252080104
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Series: New Black Studies Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christopher R. Reed is a professor emeritus of history at Roosevelt University and the author of "All the World is Here": The Black Presence at White City and The Chicago NAACP and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910–1966.

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