Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Leslie Brown is assistant professor of history at Williams College.


This book follows in a distinguished line of scholarly research providing a strong and in-depth analysis of a local subject that is broad enough to attract readers across interdisciplinary fields. . . . This book is an important addition to the historiography of African American studies. The author skillfully recounts the advocates and activists who engineered the approaches used by the civil right activists during the mid-twentieth century.--American Historical Review

Brown ingeniously frames her history as an evolution of consciousness across generations. . . . A deftly rendered study of a place that once fascinated and bedeviled America's foremost black individuals.--Southern Historian

A well-researched, textured, and eloquent community study that highlights the forms of cooperation and conflict between white and black Durhamites and within Durham's black community.--Journal of Social History

Brown's powerful writing and careful research come alive in the many voices she uses in tracing the development of Durham's black community from emancipation to the early 1940s.--The North Carolina Historical Review

Offer[s] a rich and textured portrait that illuminates many themes in the existing literature. . . . A worthy addition to the mosaic of studies charting the black experience in southern cities and states.--The Journal of American History

Insightful. . . . A study in community transformation and a commentary on gender, race, and class within the African American community. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice