The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community (Hardback)
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The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 05/05/2004
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Prompted by the overt omission of Muncie's black community from the famous study by Lynd and Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, the authors uncover the neglected part of the story of Middletown, a well-known pseudonym for the Midwestern city of Muncie, Indiana. It is a uniquely collaborative field study involving local experts, ethnographers, and teams of college students. The book, The Other Side of Middletown, and DVD, Middletown Redux, are valuable resources for community research. Sponsored by the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Muncie, Indiana.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759104839
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 167 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A puzzle is complete only when the last piece is in place. With this fascinating study, the path breaking 1929 book Middletown is finally complete. Now the true flavor and feel of middle American life emerges. This is a breakthrough. -- Juan Williams, political analyst and author of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
Readers who are interested in the black experience in Indiana will value this work. Still others will find the university/community collaborative approach fascinating and may be inspired to adopt it. * Indiana Magazine of History *
The Other Side of Middletown truly captures the voices of Muncie's black community, which the Lynds admittedly ignored in their book Middletown, published over three-quarters of a century ago. The depiction of the 'other side of Middletown' I knew as a youth is accurate, authentic, and in many cases painfully recalled. Unfortunately, this work shows that some of the division between black and white which existed in Muncie in the 1920s and 1930s and even into the 1950s and 1960s when I was a youngster still exists in my hometown. While showing that black citizens were always an important part of Muncie's history and development, this book also shows that Muncie has much work to do to be able to come together as a model for America to emulate. -- Gregory H. Williams, president, The City College of New York, author of Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was B

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