Mark Whitaker - Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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When Whitaker traced his family history in My Long Trip Home, Pittsburgh played nearly as important a role as his relatives. His new book is a detailed portrait of his hometown from the 1920s to the 1950s that makes the case for Pittsburgh as the center of a black renaissance that rivaled Harlem’s and Chicago’s. Whitaker, former managing editor of CNN Worldwide, covers the lives of leading African-American musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, and athletes, from Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams to Jackie Robinson and August Wilson. The heart of his book is the renowned Pittsburgh Courier. Founded in 1907, it became the most influential black newspaper in the country, supporting the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in their struggle for better treatment by the Pullman Company and later building African-American support for World War II.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501122392
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 30th, 2018

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