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The Negro in IllinoisThe WPA Papers$
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Brian Dolinar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037696

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.001.0001

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Social Life and Social Uplift

Social Life and Social Uplift

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(p.165) 20. Social Life and Social Uplift
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The Negro in Illinois
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Arna Bontemps

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.003.0020

This chapter describes the social life of Illinois Negroes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the early days, receptions, cake-walks, dinner parties and barbeques were common events on the social calendar of the women's clubs, social clubs, lodges and other fraternal organizations. Apparently, the early social life of Negroes was highly organized and controlled. This chapter considers the different forms of Negro entertainment that took place in various social clubs in Illinois, such as the Danabegy Club and the Hannibal Guards; the old-fashioned barbeques enjoyed by the “down home” folks; charity balls; women's clubs such as the Domestic Art Club at Bloomington and the Ida B. Wells Club of Chicago; and other events such as the Emancipation Day celebrations.

Keywords:   social life, Illinois, Negroes, dinner parties, barbeques, women's clubs, social clubs, entertainment, charity balls, celebrations

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