Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City Volume 41


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University of California Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Tyina L. Steptoe is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona.


"Houston native Tyina L. Steptoe's masterful work . . . honors, among others, her ancestors--Creoles of color--whose determination, work ethic, cultural ingenuity, and activism made her success possible. With the use of an impressive array of records and sources . . . the author reconstructs the complex, interwoven histories of four groups of Houstonians whose appearance during the Great Migrations helped shape the historical contours of what would ultimately become the nation's fourth largest city."-- "Southwestern Historical Quarterly"
"Steptoe beautifully details the social and sonic history of race and migration in Houston between the 1920s and the 1960s."-- "American Historical Review"
"Tyina L. Steptoe's Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City offers a welcome corrective to this historiographical oversight by examining, in fine detail the centrality of migration to understanding Houston's history."-- "Journal of Southern History"
". . . Attention to place informs the essential new work by historian Tyina L. Steptoe . . . This valuable addition to the historiography builds on the literature of race, ethnicity, and migration as well as the growing scholarship on the musical construction of race. Weaving together oral history interviews (some conducted by the author), census data, high school yearbooks, and especially musical recordings, Steptoe amasses a creative source base to tell intimate stories within the broader history of what is today the fourth most populous city in the United States."-- "South: A Scholarly Journal"
"Employing vivid scholarship and strategic sources on race and ethnicity in Houston through sound, Steptoe successfully proves her vigor as an historian and scholar while simultaneously displaying her skills as a writer."-- "Houston Review of Books"