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Crucibles of Black Empowerment: Chicago’s Neighborhood Politics from the New Deal to Harold Washington

Jeffrey Helgeson


In 1983, black Chicagoans elected Harold Washington as the city’s first black mayor. In the process, they overthrew the white Democratic machine and its regime of “plantation politics.” This book details the long-term development of black Chicago’s political culture, beginning in the 1930s, that both made a political insurrection possible in the right context, and informed Mayor Washington’s liberal, interracial, democratic vision of urban governance. Building upon recent studies of the “Long Civil Rights Movement,” which focus largely on a black radical tradition, this book recovers the histo ... More

Keywords: 1. Black Chicago, 2. Liberalism, 3. Harold Washington, 4. urban politics, 5. race, 6. class and gender, 7. Black Power, 8. Long Civil Rights Movement, 9. Second Great Migration, 10. Barack and Michelle Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226130699
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226130729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Helgeson, author