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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Bolden; Revised edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932841679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932841671
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,807,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR DEMPSEY TRAVIS AND HIS BOOKS:

"His writing style is a refreshing departure from the trite and commonplace. [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] tells a great deal about the anatomy of a city that probably has never been adequately presented before…His biographical writing shows signs of literary brilliance and profound perception." —Rolf A. Weil, former president, Roosevelt University

"Mr. Travis was a Horatio Alger, lift-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps figure who wielded his influence as a liaison between the business community and the political sphere to fight for social justice." —Chicago Tribune

"An invaluable contribution to the written, folk, and oral history of African Americans in Chicago. [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] is 'must' reading." —Margaret Burroughs, Ph.D., Co-Founder, DuSable Museum of African American History

"Travis brings real skill to the writing of [An Autobiography of Black Chicago]. His prose is lively and witty his historical understanding is deep and well grounded in fact...this is a fascinating book." —William M. Tuttle, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, American Studies, University of Kansas

"Those wishing to understand power, authority, and leadership in Chicago will find [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] an excellent source book...Interestingly written study of Chicago, not just black Chicago." —Robert L. Stuhr, Ph.D., former executive director, Economic Club of Chicago

"I was genuinely touched by this impassioned and informative history of a field in which I have spent my whole life. It is full of information, many tears, and much laughter. Dempsey Travis’s story is human jazz history in the raw, a fascinating social document which I found enriching and rewarding and I recommend it wholeheartedly." —George Wein, Founder and Producer, Newport Jazz Festival

"Those who knew Dempsey Travis say there’s not much he did not do as a husband, real-estate investor, author, philanthropist, civil rights activist and entrepreneur." —Wendell Huston, Chicago Defender

About the Author

Dempsey Travis (1920–2009) was born and raised in Chicago. He was a real estate magnate, civil rights activist, jazz musician, and author. He graduated from Chicago's DuSable High School in 1939 and served in the army during World War II. He graduated from Roosevelt University in 1949 and received a degree from the School of Mortgage Banking at Northwestern University in 1969. He is the author of Views from the Back of the Bus and An Autobiography of Black Jazz, among many other books. He served as president of the Society of Midland Authors, as financial editor for Dollars and Sense magazine, and as a contributing writer to Ebony and The Black Scholar.

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By Coyote Jack on November 13, 2013
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Such a fun, and personal account of growing up in Chicago in the early to late 1900's. It's down home and yet there are some great insights and I came away with a real sense of place. It's not super exciting, but it was enjoyable and easy to read.
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I really like this autobiography of a Black entrepreneur of Chicago. Excellent shape of the book . good price sent quickly and received shortly
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bargain Huntress on December 3, 2004
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Terrific photographs and illustrations and nicely indexed. This book has a unique perspective. The Black population of Chicago is a major force in the city and this book depicts their history through personal anecdotes.
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By Patricia J. Hubbard on August 6, 2014
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2002
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This book, I feel, was not as good as the critics said it was. I
It just did not interest me the way I thoght it would. I did enjoy learning about the history of blacks in Chicago. It was boring to me because of the format in which it was written. The book just did not click with me.
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