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An Autobiography of Black Chicago (Paperback)
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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 27/02/2014
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Few were more qualified than Dempsey Travis to write the history of African Americans in Chicago, and none would be able to do it with the same command of firsthand sources. This seminal paperback reissue of Travis's best-known work, An Autobiography of Black Chicago, depicts Chicago's African-American community through the personal experiences of Dempsey Travis, his family, and his circle. Starting with John Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non Native American to settle on the mouth of the Chicago River, and ending with Travis's own successes leading the city's NAACP chapter, organizing Martin Luther King's first march in the city, and providing equal housing opportunities for black Chicagoans, An Autobiography of Black Chicago is a comprehensive yet intimate history of African Americans in 20th-century Chicago.

Publisher: Agate Publishing
ISBN: 9781932841671
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm


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PRAISE FOR DEMPSEY TRAVIS AND HIS BOOKS:

"His writing style is a refreshing departure from the trite and commonplace. [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] tells a great deal about the anatomy of a city that probably has never been adequately presented before His biographical writing shows signs of literary brilliance and profound perception." Rolf A. Weil, former president, Roosevelt University

"Mr. Travis was a Horatio Alger, lift-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps figure who wielded his influence as a liaison between the business community and the political sphere to fight for social justice." Chicago Tribune

"An invaluable contribution to the written, folk, and oral history of African Americans in Chicago. [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] is 'must' reading." Margaret Burroughs, Ph.D., Co-Founder, DuSable Museum of African American History

"Travis brings real skill to the writing of [An Autobiography of Black Chicago]. His prose is lively and witty his historical understanding is deep and well grounded in fact...this is a fascinating book." William M. Tuttle, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, American Studies, University of Kansas

"Those wishing to understand power, authority, and leadership in Chicago will find [An Autobiography of Black Chicago] an excellent source book...Interestingly written study of Chicago, not just black Chicago." Robert L. Stuhr, Ph.D., former executive director, Economic Club of Chicago

"I was genuinely touched by this impassioned and informative history of a field in which I have spent my whole life. It is full of information, many tears, and much laughter. Dempsey Travis's story is human jazz history in the raw, a fascinating social document which I found enriching and rewarding and I recommend it wholeheartedly." George Wein, Founder and Producer, Newport Jazz Festival

"Those who knew Dempsey Travis say there's not much he did not do as a husband, real-estate investor, author, philanthropist, civil rights activist and entrepreneur." Wendell Huston, Chicago Defender

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