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Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City
Ground-breaking when first published in 1945, Black Metropolis remains a landmark study of race and urban life. Based on a mass of research conducted by Works Progress Administration field workers in the late 1930s, it is a historical and sociological account of the people of Chicago's South Side, the classic urban ghetto. Drake and Cayton's findings not only offer a gener ...more
Paperback, 910 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 1945)
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A Mega-classic of urban sociology, in this book Drake and Cayton (from the 2nd Chicago School?) explore a large array of issues facing African Americans during the 1930s and early 40s. My professor gave me a deep distrust of the connections they draw between class and religious experience, but I would still consider it a must-read for American historians as well as contemporary sociologists interested in city life.