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Freedom's BallotAfrican American Political Struggles in Chicago from Abolition to the Great Migration$
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Margaret Garb

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226135908

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136066.001.0001

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Virtue, Vice, and Building the Machine

Virtue, Vice, and Building the Machine

(p.147) Five Virtue, Vice, and Building the Machine
Freedom's Ballot

Margaret Garb

University of Chicago Press

Detailing the emergence of South State Street as “the Stroll”-- the main street for segregated black Chicago-- this chapter looks at the simultaneous rise of African American-owned gambling dens and saloons, and the black church. It argues that black vice was a crucial economic base for legitimate black businesses and for black politicians while the church helped mobilize a politically-engaged constituency. The chapter focuses on black ministers, Archibald Carey and Reverdy Ransom, who were powerful forces in making urban churches political and social service institutions.

Keywords:   State Street, Chicago, vice, Archibald Carey, Reverdy Ransom, church, politics, African American, gambling

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