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Black Gotham : a family history of African Americans in nineteenth-century New York City

Author: Carla L Peterson
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Narrates the story of the elite African American families who lived in New York City in the nineteenth century, describing their successes as businesspeople and professionals and the contributions they made to the culture of that time period.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Philip White; Peter Guigon; Carla L Peterson; Peter Guigon; Carla L Peterson; Philip White
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carla L Peterson
ISBN: 9780300162554 0300162553 9780300181746 0300181744
OCLC Number: 664840167
Awards: Commended for PROSE (U.S. History) 2011
Description: ix, 446 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Family, memory, history --
Lower Manhattan, 1795-1865. Collect Street : circa 1819 ; The Mulberry Street School : circa 1828 ; The young graduates : circa 1834 ; Community building : circa 1840 ; A Black aristocracy : circa 1847 ; Whimsy and resistance : circa 1853 ; The Draft Riots : July 1863 ; Union and disunion : circa 1864 --
Brooklyn, 1865-1895. Peter Guignon's private wars : circa 1862 ; Philip White in Brooklyn : circa 1875 ; New women, new men at century's end --
Commemorations.
Responsibility: Carla L. Peterson.

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