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Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story

Cicero M., III Fain


This book studies the multi-generational transition of rural and semi-rural southern black migrants to life in the embryonic urban-industrial town of Huntington, West Virginia, between 1871 and 1929. Strategically located adjacent to the Ohio River in the Tri-state region of southwestern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky, and founded as a transshipment station by financier Collis P. Huntington for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1871, Huntington grew from a non-descript village to the state’s most populated city by 1930. Huntington’s black population grew in concert: b ... More

Keywords: slave, black migrants, C & O railroad, black working class, urbanization, industrialization, community development, black professional, Ohio Valley, class stratification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042591
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cicero M., III Fain, author
College of Southern Maryland