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A little more freedom : African Americans enter the urban Midwest, 1860-1930

Author: Jack S Blocker
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2008.
Series: Urban life and urban landscape series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book identifies an "age of the village" for black Midwesterners, when Civil War and postwar migrants distributed themselves evenly across the urban hierarchies of the region. Using four case studies of Washington Court House, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio; Springfield, Illinois; and Muncie, Indiana, Blocker shows what life was like for African Americans in small towns and small cities, thus illuminating the reasons  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blocker, Jack S.
Little more freedom.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)654359794
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack S Blocker
ISBN: 9780814210673 0814210678 9780814291528 081429152X
OCLC Number: 144547579
Description: xvii, 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Reconnaissance parties --
Small town : Washington Court House, 1860-1900 --
Small cities : the Springfields --
In White worlds : politics --
Violence : patterns of attack and riposte --
Moving in and moving on, 1860-1930 --
A taste of lemon pie : urban experience in the South --
The advance guard arrives --
New Black worlds.
Series Title: Urban life and urban landscape series.
Responsibility: Jack S. Blocker.
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"This book identifies an "age of the village" for black Midwesterners, when Civil War and postwar migrants distributed themselves evenly across the urban hierarchies of the region. Using four case studies of Washington Court House, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio; Springfield, Illinois; and Muncie, Indiana, Blocker shows what life was like for African Americans in small towns and small cities, thus illuminating the reasons why most blacks ultimately chose to leave such places in favor of metropolitan centers such as Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cleveland. Previous scholars have emphasized the role of racist white violence as the catalyst, but A Little More Freedom takes a more nuanced approach." "Emphasis upon racist violence and Jim Crow has inadvertently tended to portray African Americans as victims and their migrations as flight from danger and oppression. While not downplaying white racism, A Little More Freedom tries to recreate the threats and opportunities in urban places of different sizes as seen through the eyes of migrants."--BOOK JACKET.

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