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Bridges of Memory

"In their first great migration to Chicago, which began during World War I, African-Americans came from the South seeking a better life - and fleeing the Jim Crow system of racial prejudice, discrimination, and segregation. What they found was much less than what they had hoped for, but in most ways it was better than what they had come from. The migration process set in motion vast changes not only in Chicago but in American society as a whole." "Oral history of the first order, Bridges of Memory describes this chapter of American life in the voices of those who lived it. These are the stories of the children and grandchildren of ex-slaves who found work in Chicago's stockyards and steel mills, started small businesses, and brought to maturity the jazz, blues, and gospel music that became one of the city's international exports."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes
  Timuel D. Black, Jr. is a prominent civil rights activist and a professor emeritus of social sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago.