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North to Boston

Life Histories from the Black Great Migration in New England

Blake Gumprecht

North to Boston

North to Boston

Life Histories from the Black Great Migration in New England

North to Boston

 

North to Boston tells the life histories of ten Black individuals who moved from the southern United States to Boston, Massachusetts, during the Great Migration. Based on extensive oral history interviews and a creative narrative structure, Gumprecht illuminates this singularly important event in the making of Boston as it exists today.


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Beschrijving North to Boston

Between World War II and 1980, tens of thousands of Black people moved to Boston from the South as part of the Great Migration, one of the most consequential mass movements of people in American history. Black migration from the South transformed the city, as it did urban areas across the country. North to Boston is the first book to examine that important subject.

Blake Gumprecht traces the history of this migration and explores its impacts in greater depth through the lives of ten individuals, each the subject of one chapter. Those chapters are short biographies based on extensive interviews by the author and are told in an engaging style that reflects the author's background as a journalist.

The ten people featured came from six southern states. They fled racism, limited opportunity, and hopelessness, and moved north in pursuit of better jobs, equal treatment, and greater freedom. They settled in neighborhoods such as Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. They worked as teachers, factory workers, welders, and security guards. Their stories are emblematic of the experiences of Black people everywhere who left the South, and provide a rare glimpse into the lives of ordinary people
living in one city's Black community.

North to Boston brings to life the history of the Great Migration, revealing a hidden aspect of New England's history and shining a spotlight on a singularly important event in the making of Black Boston.


ISBN
9780197614440
Pagina's
240
Verschijnt
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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