River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley


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University Press of Kentucky
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6.02 X 9.01 X 0.62 inches | 0.74 pounds

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"Presents a comprehensive overview of African-American urban life from colonial days to about 1960." -- American Historical Review

"The Ohio River Valley traditionally has held a major symbolic significance for African Americans as the cultural and geographic line of demarcation between slavery and freedom, oppression and opportunity, despair and hope. Trotter searches for regional themes of the black experience in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Evansville." -- Choice

"By illuminating the connections among racism, deindustrialization, and the continuing transformation of rural southern blacks into new urban workers, Trotter contributes significantly to our understanding of the contemporary urban crisis." -- Henry L. Taylor, SUNY Buffalo

"Summarizes most of the existing scholarship on four African American cities: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Evansville." -- Indiana Magazine of History

"Covers substantial intellectual territory.... Represents a novel and creative approach to black urban history. It provides an important model for future scholars." -- Journal of American History

"Covers substantial intellectual territory." -- Journal of American History

"In a tightly crafted synthesis of African American history in the Ohio Valley, Joe Trotter examines black life in four important urban communities: Cincinnati, Evansville, Louisville, and Pittsburgh." -- Journal of Appalachian Studies

"Synthesizes the scholarship of the past two decades that has examined blacks who lived in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Evansville." -- Journal of Illinois History

"A wide-ranging work of synthesis, covering such themes as the migration of rural southern blacks, the participation of blacks in the urban political economy and their role in the struggle for justice." -- Northwest Ohio Quarterly

"Illuminates the impact of the Ohio River in the context of the larger American story." -- Now & Then

"Successfully synthesizes the work on the urban life of African Americans.... An excellent book." -- Ohio History

"As a general study of black urban life and with particular important insights into the complexity of the Ohio Valley region, River Jordan is essential reading." -- Ohio Valley History

"Contributes greatly to our understanding of urban problems." -- Pennsylvania History