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Harlem: the four hundred year history from Dutch village to capital of Black America

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"An exquisitely detailed account of the 400-year history of Harlem." —Booklist, starred review

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 a "vibrant history" and an impressive achievement (Publishers Weekly).

"Comprehensive and compassionate—an essential text of American history and culture." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"It's bound to become a classic or I'll eat my hat!" —Edwin G. Burrows, Pulitzer Prize–winning coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
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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 a "vibrant history" and an impressive achievement (Publishers Weekly).

"Comprehensive and compassionate—an essential text of American history and culture." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"It's bound to become a classic or I'll eat my hat!" —Edwin G. Burrows, Pulitzer Prize–winning coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
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subject_facetAfrican American history
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Electronic books
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History
title_displayHarlem : the four hundred year history from Dutch village to capital of Black America
title_fullHarlem : the four hundred year history from Dutch village to capital of Black America / Jonathan Gill
Harlem : the four hundred year history from Dutch village to capital of Black America [electronic resource] / Jonathan Gill
Harlem The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America
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