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Black New Orleans 1855-1985

Black New Orleans, 1955--1985: The rise of a southern black metropolis out of the ashes of Jim Crow
by Bosworth, Gregory Lamont, Ph.D., Howard University, 2009 , 180 pages; AAT 3369659
Abstract (Summary)
Black New Orleans, 1955-1985: The Rise of A Southern Black Metropolis Out of the Ashes of Jim Crow, seeks to provide a critical analysis of the African-American community in New Orleans as it fought the system of "Jim Crow" from 1955-1985. This examination began in the late nineteenth century when black New Orleanians originated their formal fight against segregation. New Orleans, at the time of Plessy v. Ferguson was a city that engaged in a type of informal segregation. Many outsiders who visited New Orleans, were simply perplexed by the behaviors of the black residents of New Orleans in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Many viewed these outward forms of protest against segregation as mere blasphemy towards the expected and accepted culture that ruled the day in the American South.

Black New Orleans will fill a void in Civil Rights History that has for the most part has failed to record much of the role of the contributions of the African-American community. This, research will stimulate new ideas and spark intellectual dialogues on a forgotten group of people. Until the recent devastation of Hurricane Katrina most of these citizens lived in anonymously. This study will also examine the African-American as(s) he re-entered the political arena in New Orleans a place that (s)he has been absent from since the days of Reconstruction.

This evaluation of history of protest in New Orleans, dating back to the days of Bienville, shows that protest and agitation in the African-American community was not a new phenomenon.[/]

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