Adam Matthew African American Communities showcases a diverse range of primary source material focusing on race relations across social, political, cultural and religion arenas. Exploring various US communities, the collection covers themes such as migration, the education of freedmen, poverty and discrimination, desegregation, civil rights activities, protests, race riots, urban renewal, industry and African American culture.
Key themes covered include:
- Desegregation – focusing on schools, hospitals, transport and other areas of public life. Documents show legal battles, campaigns in favor of integration and public reaction.
- Urban renewal and housing problems – featuring papers on housing and race relations, planning records and papers of neighborhood councils.
- Civil rights activities and protests – from material on Atlanta’s police department to Chicago riots and student protests at Washington University, St. Louis.
- Race relations and community integration – featuring documents charting increased African American home ownership in Chicago and the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis.
- African American culture – documents showcasing an eclectic array of creative expression from artists and actors, to writers and musicians.
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