Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life

Paula C. Austin (Author)

Product Details

New York University Press
Publish Date
December 10, 2019

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About the Author

Paula C. Austin is Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University. She writes and teaches about Black visual culture, African American and civil rights history, and facilitates faculty professional development on diversity, equity, and inclusion.


"Austin makes a vital contribution to the history of race, youth, and urban studies by creatively mining the original interviews gathered by early social scientists E. Franklin Frazier and William Henry Jones and their assistants. Her book both reveals new dimensions of African American history and offers a generative method for interpreting the raw data of early twentieth century social science. An excellent, insightful, and engaging book."--Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia.
"Paula C. Austin's book provides fascinating insight into a much overlooked and understudied topic: the personal thoughts, social psychology and, most important, social analysis of black young adults during a formative period in American urban history. With this book's treatment of young people as theorists, thinkers, critics, and commentators, Austin provides an important contribution to histories of cities and of African Americans during the interwar period, the age of the New Negro Renaissance, in which black people emerged as formative artists, intellectuals, and activists."--Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College