The Great Depression hit Americans hard, but none harder than African Americans and the working poor. This brief, engaging book covers the range of African Americans' experiences during the 1930s. Cheryl Lynn Greenberg explores employment issues, the New Deal's effect on African Americans, family and community changes, and how the coming of war affected the population. The book straddles the particular-with examinations of specific communities and experiences-and the general-with explorations of the broader effects of racism, discrimination, family, class, and political organizing.
Cheryl Lynn Greenberg is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century.
Chapter 1: No Strangers to Hardship: Black Life before the Crash Chapter 2: Last Hired, First Fired: Working through the Great Depression Chapter 3: Of New Deals and Raw Deals Chapter 4: "Let Us Build": Political Organizing in the Depression Era Chapter 5: Weary Blues: Black Communities and Black Culture Epilogue: "Should I Sacrifice to Live 'Half American'?" Documents Bibliographic Essay