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The Negro in Illinois : the WPA papers

Author: Brian Dolinar; Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois.
Publisher: Urbana, Chicago : University of Illinois Press, [2013]
Series: New Black studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A major document of African American participation in the struggles of the Depression, The Negro in Illinois was produced by a special division of the Illinois Writers' Project, one of President Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration programs. The Federal Writers' Project helped to sustain "New Negro" artists during the 1930s and gave them a newfound social consciousness that is reflected in their writing. Headed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Dolinar; Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois.
ISBN: 9780252037696 0252037693 0252094956 9780252094958
OCLC Number: 814455433
Description: xlvi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: First, the French --
Slavery --
Abolition --
The Underground Railroad --
Lincoln and the Negro --
John Brown's friend --
Leave a summer land behind --
Rising --
Churches --
Soldiers --
Business --
Work --
Iola --
The migrants keep coming --
The exodus train --
Slave market --
Professions --
Health --
Houses --
Social life and social uplift --
Recreation and sports --
Defender --
Politics --
What is Africa to me? --
And churches --
Literature --
Music --
The theater --
Rhythm.
Series Title: New Black studies series.
Responsibility: edited by Brian Dolinar.

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Making available an invaluable perspective on African American life, this volume represents a publication of immense historical and literary importance.  Read more...

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