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The Negro in Illinois : the WPA papers / edited by Brian Dolinar.

Contributor(s): Dolinar, Brian | Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.New Black studies series: Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780252094958; 0252094956; 1299674070; 9781299674073.Subject(s): African Americans -- Illinois -- History | African Americans -- Illinois -- Social conditions | African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History | African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social conditionsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Negro in Illinois.DDC classification: 305.896/073077311 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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 theatre -- Rhythm.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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 theatre -- Rhythm.

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CHOICE Review

Beyond the state guides and the slave narratives, the Federal Writers Project, a part of the Works Progress Administration of FDR's New Deal, researched the position of African Americans in different states. Chicago had a vibrant black community, perhaps equal to that of Harlem, which makes the Illinois volume both important and interesting. Several major black writers worked on the Illinois project, including Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, and Katherine Dunham. Twenty-nine selections trace the African American experience in Illinois, from its beginnings with Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the first black settler who arrived with the French in 1799, continuing through the first decades of the 20th century. Articles cover all aspects of their lives, from slavery, abolition and the underground railroad through employment, housing, and politics to social lifestyles, recreation, religion, art, and music. Unfortunately, before the work could be published, the US had entered WW II, and the Writer's Project ended. The papers were scattered across the country until editor Dolinar tracked down the original articles, adding a general introduction along with editorial notes on each article. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. R. Jamieson Ashland University

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Brian Dolinar teaches in the department of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the author of The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation.

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