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Re: Reno, Nevada
In Response To: Re: Reno, Nevada ()

There is so much of Black history in the West that has yet to be discovered/uncovered/told. As always, I caution against hasty generalizations-even in the CNN article which states in a comment from the state historical officer
"where there were hundreds of salons, African-Americans had a place to go that was respected and dignified." Careful there-there is nothing intrinsic in the fact that the owner was Black that made his clientele Black. It may have been so, it may have been predominately white-I just need to see anywhere, documented proof of what that "clientele" was-which may not be possible. Making the leap from Black ownership to Black clientele-especially in a mining town is nebulous at best.

Case in point. In New England, there was a very popular tavern and coach house that was owned by a free Black. The travelers who stopped there were overwhelmingly white-very few Blacks or Natives would have had the money to stay there, or would have felt comfortable there. On one other point-Katz has written several popular volumes about Blacks in the West. Please be careful in reading them, the scholarship and research is often very much less than solid.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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