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Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City
 
 
Author
Carla L. Peterson.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780300162554
Pages/Publication Date 446/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42091
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While researching her genealogy, Carla Peterson delved into the lives of her 19th-century ancestors, uncovering the rich if underappreciated history of African American elites in New York City. Beginning her story in the 1820s, Peterson focuses on the pupils of the Mulberry Street School—the graduates of which went on to become eminent African-American leaders—tracing their political activities as well as their many achievements in trade, business, and the professions, against the backdrop of the expansion of scientific racism, the trauma of the Civil War draft riots, and the rise of Jim Crow.

"Dr. Peterson took a hard, uphill journey to give greater life to the 'scraps' she had about her family in 19th-century New York City and returned with a vital gift for all of us. It is a gift that not only offers a portrait of her family in that city but a larger, fairly unknown view of a pre-Harlem integrated society where many blacks were prosperous, enlightened, and thriving. Her book is a precious addition to the paucity of information we have about what blacks have done to make New York City and, indeed, America itself."—Edward P. Jones

 
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