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The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929

Christopher Robert Reed


During the Roaring 1920s, African Americans rapidly transformed their Chicago into a “black metropolis.” This book describes the rise of African Americans in Chicago's political economy, bringing to life the fleeting vibrancy of this dynamic period of racial consciousness and solidarity. The book shows how African Americans rapidly transformed Chicago and achieved political and economic recognition by building on the massive population growth after the Great Migration from the South; the entry of a significant working class into the city's industrial work force; and the proliferation of black ... More

Keywords: African Americans, Chicago, racial consciousness, solidarity, Great Migration, black church, industrial work force, black migrants, black professional class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036231
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Robert Reed, author
Roosevelt University