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Chicago's New Negroes


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DAVARIAN L. BALDWIN is associate professor of history and African and African Diaspora studies at Boston College.


[A] bold and innovative book [which] seeks to challenge commonly held assumptions about the lack of a thriving black intelligentsia in early twentieth-century Chicago. . . . A pioneering work.--Journal of American Ethnic History
A theoretically informed and thought-provoking monograph. . . . A risk-taking, important, and creative work that deserves to find a wide readership among students of popular and consumer culture, and U.S., working-class, and African American history.--The Journal of African American History
A welcome addition to a growing body of work exploring the New Negro Movement outside of Harlem during the 1920s. . . . Offers unparalleled insight on black life during these years. . . . A provocative examination.--Business History Review
An ideal text for undergraduates and for scholars in American Studies. . . . Offers an incisive reading of the meanings of a market economy for Chicago black communities.--Journal of Social History
An important book on the New Negro. . . . Stands tall beside works that have shaped Great Migration historiography. . . . For the pleasure it provides as well as for the intellectual challenges it presents, it should be required reading. I borrow from a cultural icon from another era to sum it up: r-e-s-p-e-c-t.-- Journal of American History
Makes a significant contribution in shifting the focus of intellectual history from the erudite to cultural producers. . . . Centralizes mass consumers' ideas of modernity alongside key producers and entrepreneurs. . . . A must-read in African American and cultural studies.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Richly researched and a welcomed democratization of intellectual history. Baldwin's vibrant prose accentuates the excitement of the city and the stimulating interplay between cultural innovators and their active patrons.--Journal of Illinois History
This monograph is much more than an intellectual history . . . . [It] is a fine addition to not only urban history, but also racial and economic historiography.--CHOICE

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