The Resource Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker

Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker

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Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
Title
Smoketown
Title remainder
the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
Mark Whitaker
Title variation
  • Untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
  • Smoke town
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"The other great Renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour burst forth joyfully in what may seem an unlikely place--Pittsburgh, PA--from the 1920s through the 1950s. Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson's famed plays about noble but doomed working-class strivers. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspaper in the country, urging black voters to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party and then rallying black support for World War II. It fielded two of the greatest baseball teams of the Negro Leagues and introduced Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pittsburgh was the childhood home of jazz pioneers Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner; Hall of Fame slugger Josh Gibson--and August Wilson himself. Some of the most glittering figures of the era were changed forever by the time they spent in the city, from Joe Louis and Satchel Paige to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. Mark Whitaker's Smoketown is a captivating portrait of this unsung community and a vital addition to the story of black America. It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes readers on a rousing, revelatory journey--and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak." -- Amazon.com
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.896/073074886
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F159.P69
LC item number
N487 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker
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Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [345]-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cast of characters -- The neighborhoods of Pittsburgh -- The Brown Bomber's cornermen -- The Negro Carnegies -- The calculating crusader -- The rise and fall of "Big Red" -- Billy and Lena -- The Double V warriors -- The complex Mr. B -- "Jackie's Boswell" -- The women of "up south" -- The bard of a broken world
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24 cm
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Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xxi, 404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501122422
Lccn
2017019428
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)984512154

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