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—Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University
“Breaks new ground as the first significant history of the African American community of Pittsburgh since World War II. The authors’ approach is wide-ranging, covering issues of civil rights, housing and segregation, organizational development, and political involvement, among other subjects. What makes this volume particularly valuable, however, is its placement of Pittsburgh’s black community in the framework of the city’s decline as an industrial center and eventual rebirth as a smaller city with a postindustrial economic base. It deserves a wide readership.”—Kenneth L. Kusmer, Temple University
“Imaginatively conceived, well researched, and engagingly written. Trotter and Day have crafted a new standard for the study of African American community that deepens our understanding of urban black culture formations and the transformations in, and manipulations of, political power. They admirably demonstrate the complexity of African Americans’ efforts to seize the Dream and make real a new birth of freedom.”—Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
“By no means the last word on the subject . . . only the first, but it issues a wakeup call to the collective civic conscience that is long overdue.”
“An excellent book. The authors’ research is exemplary, providing a model for similar studies as well as a reminder for everyone that the civil rights revolution is far from complete. Highly recommended.”
“In providing us with this lucid history of Pittsburgh’s African American community, Trotter and Day shed new light on how past actions inform present conditions in the Steel City’s black neighborhoods. Their case study, the first of its kind on post-war Pittsburgh, will prove especially useful to urban historians seeking new ways to understand African American’s changing roles and responses in the face of the structural reordering of postwar urban America.”
“Essential reading for historians of race, civil rights, and cities in post-World War II America.“