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Along the Streets of BronzevilleBlack Chicago's Literary Landscape$
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037825

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.001.0001

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Policy, Creativity, and Bronzeville’s Dreams

Policy, Creativity, and Bronzeville’s Dreams

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(p.50) Chapter 3 Policy, Creativity, and Bronzeville’s Dreams
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Along the Streets of Bronzeville
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.003.0003

This chapter looks at the many spheres of policy gambling, a game that rose to prominence between 1908 and 1955. It understands policy as performance art, as informing black cultural production throughout Bronzeville, and as a patron and fiscal support of the Chicago Black Renaissance. Most importantly, the chapter seeks to demonstrate the relationship between lived actual realities of Bronzeville's mass culture of games and luck, and the grist mill that the game and its derivative culture provided for both the people in Bronzeville who hoped to imagine themselves beyond their existence, and the writers and artists who recognized the rich cultural material that was the policy game.

Keywords:   policy gambling, black cultural production, Bronzeville, Chicago Black Renaissance, game culture

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