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A city within a city : the Black freedom struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan / Todd E. Robinson.

By: Robinson, Todd E. (Todd Ephraim), 1973-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1439909237; 9781439909232.Subject(s): African Americans -- Civil rights -- Michigan -- Grand Rapids -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 323.1196/073077456 LOC classification: F574.G7 | R63 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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So much has been written on black communities in major urban areas: Detroit, Chicago, New York, and others. There is far less scholarship in the field when it comes to smaller urban communities, or what Robinson (Univ. of Nevada) calls "secondary cities." Focusing on Grand Rapids, Michigan, Robinson reveals how African Americans in this city fought against white racism in housing, education, economy, and other facets of black lives. Diary entries, published and unpublished documents of local and state organizations, local newspapers, and other sources enable a rich, deep investigation into the city's black history in the 20th century, especially the period between just before WW II and through the long civil rights era. Robinson's writing flows well and vividly captures the lives and struggles as well as the dignity of African Americans at the time. His work is not only a valuable addition to historical investigations of black Detroit and Michigan by Thomas Sugrue, Richard Thomas, David Katzman, and others (e.g., Sugrue's The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, CH, Jun'97, 34-5995), but also the first quality scholarship on black Grand Rapids and one of the few urban history literatures on a secondary city. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. Y. Kiuchi Michigan State University

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Todd E. Robinson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.<br>

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