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Smoketown: the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance

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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. It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes readers on a rousing, revelatory journey-and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak.

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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. It depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes readers on a rousing, revelatory journey-and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak.

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subject_facetAfrican American athletes -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Intellectual life
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Jazz musicians -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Civilization
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
title_displaySmoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
title_fullSmoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance / Mark Whitaker
Smoketown The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance
title_shortSmoketown
title_subthe untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
topic_facetAfrican American Nonfiction
African American athletes
African Americans
Biography & Autobiography
Civilization
History
Intellectual life
Jazz musicians
Nonfiction
Social conditions