By Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, Tera W. Hunter
From the early years of the African slave exchange to the United States, blacks have lived and laboured in city environments. but the transformation of rural blacks right into a predominantly city humans is a comparatively fresh phenomenon - purely in the course of global battle One did African american citizens stream into towns in huge numbers, and in simple terms in the course of international struggle did extra blacks stay in towns than within the nation-state. by means of the early Nineteen Seventies, blacks had not just made the transition from rural to city settings, yet have been virtually flippantly dispensed among the towns of the North and the West at the one hand and the South at the different. of their quest for complete citizenship rights, monetary democracy, and liberate from an oppressive rural earlier, black southerners became to city migration and employment within the nation's commercial zone as a brand new 'Promised Land' or 'Flight from Egypt'. with a purpose to light up those ameliorations in African American city lifestyles, this booklet brings jointly city background; modern social, cultural, and coverage examine; and comparative views on race, ethnicity, and nationality inside and throughout nationwide boundaries.
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African American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present by Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, Tera W. Hunter