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Author Whitaker, Mark, author.

Title Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance / Mark Whitaker.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.


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Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description xxi, 404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-384) and index.
Contents Cast of characters -- The neighborhoods of Pittsburgh -- The Brown Bomber's cornermen -- The Negro Carnegies -- The calculating crusader -- The rise and fall of "Big Red" -- Billy and Lena -- The Double V warriors -- The complex Mr. B -- "Jackie's Boswell" -- The women of "up south" -- The bard of a broken world.
Summary "The other great Renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour burst forth joyfully in what may seem an unlikely place--Pittsburgh, PA--from the 1920s through the 1950s. Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson's famed plays about noble but doomed working-class strivers. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspaper in the country, urging black voters to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party and then rallying black support for World War II. It fielded two of the greatest baseball teams of the Negro Leagues and introduced Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pittsburgh was the childhood home of jazz pioneers Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner; Hall of Fame slugger Josh Gibson--and August Wilson himself. Some of the most glittering figures of the era were changed forever by the time they spent in the city, from Joe Louis and Satchel Paige to Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. Mark Whitaker's Smoketown is a captivating portrait of this unsung community and a vital addition to the story of black America."-- From the publisher.
Subject African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
African American athletes -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
Jazz musicians -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Civilization.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Added Title Untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
Smoke town
Other Form: Online version: Whitaker, Mark. Smoketown. New York : Simon & Schuster, [2018] 9781501122439 (DLC) 2017020491
ISBN 9781501122392 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1501122398 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9781501122422 (trade paperback ; alkaline paper)
1501122428 (trade paperback ; alkaline paper)

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