The victorious end to the first World War offered hope to African Americans who had fought for freedom abroad and hoped to find it at home. In this new work, historian Mark R. Schneider analyzes the dynamic 1920s that saw the enormous migration of African Americans to Northern urban centers and the formation of important African American religious, social and economic institutions. Yet, even with considerable efforts to promote civil rights and advancements in the arts, many African Americans in the rural south continued to live under conditions unchanged from a century before. African Americans in the Jazz Age recounts the history of this turbulent era, paying particular attention to the ways in which African Americans actively challenged Jim Crow and firmly expressed pride in their heritage. Supplemented by primary sources, this work serves as an ideal introduction to this critical period in U.S. history and allows students to examine the issues first-hand and draw their own conclusions.
Mark R. Schneider is the author of We Return Fighting: The Civil Rights Movement in the Jazz Age and Boston Confronts Jim Crow: 1890-1920. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College.
Introduction: What the War Wrought Chapter 1: Black Hopes, White Fears, Red Summer Chapter 2: Migrants North Chapter 3: Changing Institutions in Changing Times Chapter 4: Civil Rights Chapter 5: Expressions of Pride Epilogue Documents Bibliographic Essay