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The Resource Before Harlem : the Black experience in New York City before World War I, Marcy S. Sacks

Before Harlem : the Black experience in New York City before World War I, Marcy S. Sacks

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Before Harlem : the Black experience in New York City before World War I
Title
Before Harlem
Title remainder
the Black experience in New York City before World War I
Statement of responsibility
Marcy S. Sacks
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the years between 1880 and 1915, New York City and its environs underwent a tremendous demographic transformation with the arrival of millions of European immigrants, native whites from the rural countryside, and people of African descent from both the American South and the Caribbean. While all groups faced challenges in their adjustment to the city, hardening racial prejudices set the black experience apart from that of other newcomers. Through encounters with each other, blacks and whites, both together and in opposition, forged the contours of race relations that would affect the city for decades to come. Before Harlem reveals how black migrants and immigrants to New York entered a world far less welcoming than the one they had expected to find. White police officers, urban reformers, and neighbors faced off in a hostile environment that threatened black families in multiple ways. Unlike European immigrants, who typically struggled with low-paying jobs but who often saw their children move up the economic ladder, black people had limited employment opportunities that left them with almost no prospects of upward mobility. Their poverty and the vagaries of a restrictive job market forced unprecedented numbers of black women into the labor force, fundamentally affecting child-rearing practices and marital relationships. Despite hostile conditions, black people nevertheless claimed New York City as their own. Within their neighborhoods and their churches, their night clubs and their fraternal organizations, they forged discrete ethnic, regional, and religious communities. Diverse in their backgrounds, languages, and customs, black New Yorkers cultivated connections to others similar to themselves, forming organizations, support networks, and bonds of friendship with former strangers. In doing so, Marcy S. Sacks argues, they established a dynamic world that eventually sparked the Harlem Renaissance. By the 1920s, Harlem had become both a tragedy and a triumph{u2014}undeniably a ghetto replete with problems of poverty, overcrowding, and crime, but also a refuge and a haven, a physical place whose very name became legendary."--Publisher's website
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Sacks, Marcy S
Dewey number
305.896/0730747109034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F128.9.N4
LC item number
S33 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Politics and culture in modern America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African American neighborhoods
  • Inner cities
  • Community life
  • City and town life
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Before Harlem : the Black experience in New York City before World War I, Marcy S. Sacks
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-219) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The most fatally fascinating thing in America -- 2. Purged of the vicious classes -- 3. To check the menacing Black hordes -- 4. Jobs are just chances -- 5. The anxiety of keeping the home together -- 6. Negro metropolis
Control code
70668840
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780812239614
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006042150
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812239614
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Before Harlem : the Black experience in New York City before World War I, Marcy S. Sacks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The most fatally fascinating thing in America -- 2. Purged of the vicious classes -- 3. To check the menacing Black hordes -- 4. Jobs are just chances -- 5. The anxiety of keeping the home together -- 6. Negro metropolis
Control code
70668840
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780812239614
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006042150
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812239614
Other physical details
illustrations

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