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Harlem : the Four Hundred Year History From Dutch Village To Capital Of Black America

Harlem is perhaps the most famous, iconic neighborhood in the United States. A bastion of freedom and the capital of Black America, Harlem's twentieth century renaissance changed our arts, culture, and politics forever. But this is only one of the many chapters in a wonderfully rich and varied history. In Harlem, historian Jonathan Gill presents the first complete chronicle of this remarkable place. From Henry Hudson's first contact with native Harlemites, through Harlem's years as a colonial outpost on the edge of the known world, Gill traces the neighborhood's story, marshaling a tremendous wealth of detail and a host of fascinating figures from George Washington to Langston Hughes. Harlem was an agricultural center under British rule and the site of a key early battle in the Revolutionary War. Later, wealthy elites including Alexander Hamilton built great estates there for entertainment and respite from the epidemics ravaging downtown. In the nineteenth century, transportation urbanized Harlem and brought waves of immigrants from Germany, Italy, Ireland, and elsewhere. Harlem's mix of cultures, extraordinary wealth and extreme poverty was electrifying and explosive. Extensively researched, impressively synthesized, eminently readable, and overflowing with captivating characters, Harlem is an ambitious, sweeping history, and an impressive achievement
eBook, English, 2011
Grove/Atlantic, Inc., [Place of publication not identified], 2011
1 online resource
9780802195944, 0802195946
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; 1 Unrighteous Beginnings; 2 Strange Bedfellows; 3 Sweet Asylum; 4 The Future Is Uptown 1811-1863; 5 The Flash Age 1863-1898; 6 Nostra Harlem, Undzere Harlem; 7 "To Race With The World"; 8 "The Kingdom of Culture"; 9 "Moon Over Harlem"; 10 "Tempus Fugue-It"; 11 Harlem Nightmare 1965-1990; 12 Old And New Dreams; Illustration Credits; Sources And Further Reading; Index; Photo Insert
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