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Freedom's Ballot: African American Political Struggles in Chicago from Abolition to the Great Migration

Margaret Garb


This book is about three generations of African American activists--the ministers, professionals, labor leaders, club women and striving entrepreneurs-- who engaged in political struggles, constituted themselves as political actors, and made race the central dividing line in urban politics. It is a history of Chicago politics during a period of rapid industrialization, mass immigration, and the rise of the political machine. It is the story of northern black activists who, in the final decades of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth, grew angry at Republicans and distru ... More

Keywords: Chicago, African-Americans, politics, urban, democracy, city, labor, ministers, club women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226135908
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226136066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Garb, author