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By 1930, Huntington had become West Virginia's largest city. Its booming economy and relatively tolerant racial climate...

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Exact title of the book
Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story
Book author
Cicero M Fain III
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
264 pages
Published
May 16th 2019 by University of Illinois Press
File size (in PDF)
1056 kB
Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story

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By 1930, Huntington had become West Virginia's largest city. Its booming economy and relatively tolerant racial climate attracted African Americans from across Appalachia and the South. Prosperity gave these migrants political clout and spurred the formation of communities that defined black Huntington-factors that empowered blacks to confront institutionalized and industrial racism on the one hand and the white embrace of Jim Crow on the other.

Cicero M. Fain III illuminates the unique cultural identity and dynamic sense of accomplishment and purpose that transformed African American life in Huntington. Using interviews and untapped archival materials, Fain details the rise and consolidation of the black working class as it pursued, then fulfilled, its aspirations.

He also reveals how African Americans developed a host of strategies-strong kin and social networks, institutional development, property ownership, and legal challenges-to defend their gains in the face of the white status quo. Eye-opening and eloquent, Black Huntington makes visible another facet of the African American experience in Appalachia.