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Selling the Race by Adam   Green
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Mar 07, 2008

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bookshelves: african-american-history, chicago
Recommended to Josh by: Theresa
Recommended for: people interested in Chicago, african-american culture, or the Civil Rights movement
Read in January, 2008

I never pass up a chance to dig into the more tragic and proletarian side of Chicago history and this book satisfied my desire for local color through a pop-aware history of the relation between black culture in Chicago and the idea of a national black culture during the 1940s and 50s. Most of the locations discussed in detail in Green's book are in the Bronzeville neighborhood where I work, which gave the book extra appeal for me. An interesting, if a bit over-long, search for the roots of the civil rights movement and a supposed singular african-american culture.

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