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Title:
Strangers in the land of paradise : the creation of an African American community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940
Author:
Williams, Lillian Serece.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvii, 273 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Strangers in the Land of Paradise discusses the creation of an African American community as a distinct cultural entity. It describes values and institutions that the Black migrant population brought with them from the South, as well as those that evolved as a result of their interaction with Blacks native to the city and the city itself. Through an examination of work, family, community organizations, and political actions, Lillian Williams explores the process by which the migrants adapted to their new environment, "--Page 4 of cover.
Language:
English
Contents:
Blacks in twentieth-century Buffalo: structural development -- Blacks organize to improve their status: institutional development.
ISBN:
9780253335524

9780253214089
Format :
Book

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Strangers in the Land of Paradise discusses the creation of an African American community as a distinct cultural entity. It describes values and institutions that Black migrants from the South brought with them, as well as those that evolved as a result of their interaction with Blacks native to the city and the city itself. Through an examination of work, family, community organizations, and political actions, Lillian Williams explores the process by which the migrants adapted to their new environment.

The lives of African Americans in Buffalo from 1900 to 1940 reveal much about race, class, and gender in the development of urban communities.


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The small but long-lived African American community of Buffalo, New York, grew from free blacks and runaway slaves in the years before the Civil War and then increased in number with migrants from the rural South with the coming of WW I. This standard background serves as the basis for Williams's solid and scholarly exploration of how newer migrants coming to benefit from industrialization collided with the earlier settlers. There was at once a sense of responsibility to look after and yet also keep a distance from uncultured and rustic kinsmen. This finely nuanced study evokes class and status divisions within the African American neighborhoods while presenting readers with the omnipresent role of the black church as a cohesive force among the divisive elements tearing at the community. Black clergy and the social elite served an important leadership role in preserving a sense of dignity and fighting for civil rights, despite the fact that the same leadership might split on whether or not to endorse Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Williams brings a fine balance to her work, revealing a group composed of people whose lives, institutions, and struggle for acceptance, achievement, and advancement mirrored the struggles of so many others. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Kleiman; University of Wisconsin Colleges