The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era - 1st Edition (Paperback)

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by Quintard Taylor


Seattle's first Black resident was a sailor named Manuel Lopes who arrived in 1858 and became the small community's first barber. He left in the early 1870s to seek economic prosperity elsewhere, but as Seattle transformed from a stopover town to a full-fledged city, African-Americans began to stay and build a community. By the early 20th century, Black life in Seattle coalesced in the Central District, a four-square-mile section east of downtown. Black Seattle, however, was never a monolith. Through world wars, economic booms and busts, and the civil rights movement, Black residents and leaders negotiated intragroup conflicts and had varied approaches to challenging racial inequity. Despite these differences, they nurtured a distinct African-American culture and Black urban community ethos. The Forging of a Black Community is essential to understanding the history and present of the largest Black community in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Author

Quintard Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Washington and founder of Among his many publications, he is the author of In Search of The Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990 (Norton, 1999) and The Forging of A Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (UWP, 1994) and co-editor of Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California (UWP, 2001) and African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003). He is the series editor for the University of Oklahoma Press's series Race and Culture in the American West.

Product Details

Category: History, Seattle, African-American

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 0295973455

ISBN-13: 978-0295973456

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Date Published: July 01, 1994

Pages: 426

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