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Canaan, Dim And Far: Black Reformers And The Pursuit Of Citizenship In Pittsburgh, 1915-1945

March 1, 2021|
Canaan, Dim And Far: Black Reformers And The Pursuit Of Citizenship In Pittsburgh, 1915-1945 by Adam Lee Cilli
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Canaan, Dim and Far argues for the importance of Pittsburgh as a case study in analyzing African American civil rights and political advocacy in an urban setting. Focusing on the period from the Progressive Era to the end of World War II, this book spotlights neglected aspects of middle-class Black activism in the decades preceding the civil rights movement. It features a revolving cast of social workers, medical professionals, journalists, scholars, and lawyers whose social justice efforts included but extended past racial uplift ideology and respectability politics.

Adam Lee Cilli shows how these Black reformers experimented with a variety of strategies as they moved fluidly across ideologies and political alliances to find practical solutions to profound inequities. In the period under study, they developed crucial social safety supports in Black communities that buffered southern migrants against the physical, civil, and legal impositions of northern Jim Crow; they waged comprehensive campaigns against
anti-Black stereotypes; and they built inroads into the industrial labor movement that accelerated Black inclusion.

Committed to an expansive vision of economic and political citizenship, Pittsburgh’s activists challenged white America to face its contradictions and to live up to its democratic ideals.

ADAM LEE CILLI is assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford. He specializes in the social history of the United States from the late nineteenth through the mid twentieth centuries. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Urban History and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.
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Title:Canaan, Dim And Far: Black Reformers And The Pursuit Of Citizenship In Pittsburgh, 1915-1945
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8.9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Published:March 1, 2021
Publisher:University of Georgia Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780820358888
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