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Black Metropolis

A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City

St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton

Black Metropolis
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St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton

With a New Foreword by Mary Pattillo
912 pages | 7 halftones, 1 line drawing, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 1945, 2015
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780226253213 Published November 2015
E-book $10.00 to $40.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226253350 Published November 2015
Ground-breaking when first published in 1945, Black Metropolis remains a landmark study of race and urban life. Few studies since have been able to match its scope and magnitude, offering one of the most comprehensive looks at black life in America. Based on research conducted by Works Progress Administration field workers, it is a sweeping historical and sociological account of the people of Chicago's South Side from the 1840s through the 1930s. Its findings offer a comprehensive analysis of black migration, settlement, community structure, and black-white race relations in the first half of the twentieth century. It offers a dizzying and dynamic world filled with captivating people and startling revelations.

A new foreword from sociologist Mary Pattillo places the study in modern context, updating the story with the current state of black communities in Chicago and the larger United States and exploring what this means for the future. As the country continues to struggle with race and our treatment of black lives, Black Metropolis continues to be a powerful contribution to the conversation.
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Black Metropolis is a rare combination of research and synthesis, a book to be deeply pondered. . . . No one who reads it intelligently can ever believe again that our racial dilemma can be solved by pushing buttons, or by gradual processes which may reach four or five hundred years into the future.”
New York Times
“This volume makes a great contribution to the building of the future America and the free world.”
New Republic
“By virtue of its range, its labor and its insight, the book seems certain to become a landmark not only in race studies but in the broader field of social anthropology.”
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