Life in a Black Community: Striving for Equal Citizenship in Annapolis, Maryland, 1902-1952

Life in a Black Community: Striving for Equal Citizenship in Annapolis, Maryland, 1902-1952

by Hannah Jopling


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Life in a Black Community: Striving for Equal Citizenship in Annapolis, Maryland, 1902-1952 tells the story of a struggle over what it meant to be a citizen of a democracy. For blacks, membership in a democracy meant full and equal participation in the life of the town. For most whites, it meant the full participation of only its white citizens, based on the presumption that their black neighbors were less than equal citizens and had to be kept down. All the dramas of the Jim Crow era—lynching, the KKK, and disenfranchisement, but also black boycotts, petitioning for redress of grievances, lawsuits, and political activism—occurred in Annapolis. As they were challenging white prejudice and discrimination, tenacious black citizens advanced themselves and enriched their own world of churches, shops, clubs, and bars. It took grit for black families to survive. As they pressed on, life slowly improved—for some. Life in a Black Community recounts the tactics blacks used to gain equal rights, details the methods whites employed to deny or curtail their rights, and explores a range of survival and advancement strategies used by black families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739183458
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hannah Jopling teaches anthropology at Fordham University and Hunter College.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Publisher’s Note
Part I “There was so much due us.”
Chapter 1 Encounter, A Baseball Game, 1902
Chapter 2 Bird’s-Eye View 1902-1905
Chapter 3Struggles, 1902-1905
Chapter 4 Own Worlds, 1902-1952
Part II “They took advantage of small opportunities and enlarged them.”
Chapter 5Encounter, A Hanging, 1919
Chapter 6A Bird’s-Eye View, 1905-1919
Chapter 7Struggles, 1905-1919
Chapter 8Own Worlds, 1905-1919
Part III “We made room.”
Chapter 9Encounter, A Lawsuit, 1938-1940
Chapter 10Bird’s-Eye View, 1919-1940
Chapter 11Struggles, 1919-1940
Chapter 12Own Worlds, 1919-1940
Part IV “We wanted what we saw whites had.”
Chapter 13Encounter, A Parade, 1949
Chapter 14Bird’s-eye View, 1940-1949
Chapter 15Struggles, 1940-1949
Chapter 16Own Worlds, 1940-1949
Part V “This was the development stage.”
Chapter 17Encounter, A Demolition, 1952
Chapter 18Bird’s-Eye View, 1949-1952
Chapter 19Struggles, 1949-1952
Chapter 20Own Worlds, 1949-1952
Chapter 21Conclusion
About the Author

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