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Making Their Own Way Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-30

by Peter Gottlieb

Part of the Blacks in the New World Series

Making Their Own Way Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-30 Synopsis

A model study, one of two or three genuinely indispensable books on that momentous movement historians know as the Great Migration. Peter Gottlieb shatters the received portrait of southern migrants as bewildered, premodern folk, 'utterly unprepared' for the complexities of urban life. African Americans in his account emerge as complex, creative agents, exploiting old solidarities and building new ones, transforming the urban landscape even as it transformed them. -- James Campbell, Northwestern University Engagingly written and well organized. . . . A major addition to the fields of Afro-American, urban, and working-class history. -- Howard N. Rabinowitz, Georgia Historical Quarterly Gottlieb uses oral histories, corporate records, and primary and secondary scholarship to present a useful picture of an important part of the Great Migration that followed World War I. -- George Lipsitz, Choice Sensitive and yet also incisive. . . . clear and often compelling. An outstanding study. -- James R. Barrett, Journal of American Ethnic History Publication of this work was supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252066177
Publication date: 1st November 1996
Author: Peter Gottlieb
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Regional studies,

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