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The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

by Laurence A. Glasco, J. Ernest Wright
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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: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Published Volume1
Original Table of Contents19
Chapter 1.The Shadow of the Plantation21
Chapter 2.The Negro on the Frontier35
Chapter 3.The Early Community, 1804-186053
Chapter 4.Abolition Years100
Chapter 5.Civil Rights168
Chapter 6.The Negro Wage Worker216
Chapter 7.Church, School and Press230
Chapter 8.The Later Community250
Chapter 12.Folkways259
Chapter 13.Arts and Culture293
Chapter 14.The People Speak334
Appendix 1.Memorial of Pittsburgh's Free Citizens of Color, 1837361
Appendix 2.Lewis Woodson's "Birthday Memorandum" of 1856368
Appendix 3.Two Poems by George B. Vashon: "Vincent Oge" and "A Life Day"369
Appendix 4.Transcriptions of Selected Newspaper Items383
Appendix 5.Bibliography398
Appendix 6.List of Microfilmed Materials407
African American Migration Routes to Pittsburgh, 1760-1860409
Underground Railroad Routes in Western Pennsylvania410
Pittsburgh Downtown, Hill District, and Allegheny City (North Side), ca. 1850411
Pittsburgh Neighborhoods and Settlements, 1865412

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