Barksdale, Richard and Kenneth Kinnamon.
Black Writers of America: A Comprehensive Antholo
This text includes “Wife of His Youth,” “Mother To Son” and “Incident.”
Biesanz, John and Mavis Biesanz.
. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1968.
This text has a good section on how cities are zoned.
DeCarava, Ray and Langston Hughes.
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
. New York: Hill and Wang, 1955.
This book describes in words and pictures the various dimensions of life in Harlem.
Duke, Jacqueline. “Many whites in state leaving cities, census shows,”
New Haven Register
, June 3, 1981, Sec. A, p. 1.
This article includes census statistics on city changing population from 1970-1980.
Fair, Ronald L.
Many Thousand Gone
, New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1965.
The setting of this book is in rural Mississippi. Blacks are still being enslaved long after the emancipation. A few blacks are able to sneak to Chicago to live. When these blacks try to communicate to their relatives in Mississippi about the opportunities in Chicago, the white postmaster and sheriff of the county become outraged. The blacks become restless when they learn that blacks up North live much better than black in the South.
Modern American Cities
. Chicago: Quadrangle Press, 1969.
This book has good chapters on ethnic struggles in cities.
Gutman, Herbert G.
The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-19
25. New York: Vintage Books, 1976.
This book discusses the Buffalo, New York, black community by examining the New York State census of 1855-1875 and 1905-1925.
The Autobiography of Malcom X
. New York: Grove Press,
The first nine chapters of this book are about Malcolm’s urbringing in Omaha, then Michigan and the transition he makes when he moves to Boston.
Holborn, Frederick L. and Kramer, Paul.
The City in American Life
. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1970.
This text has good chapters on development of American cities and common problems that urban dwellers share.
. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1963.
This is the story of how blacks tried to become a part of the American mainstream. This story is told through the history of Negro music.
Lazarus, Bill. “It Takes 100 Family Members to Celebrate One Anniversary.”
The New Haven Register
, June 22, 1981, Sec. B, p. 7.
This article shows how one individual migrated to the North looking for work.
Miller, Lee William.
The Fifteenth Ward and the Great Societ
y. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966.
This book includes good introduction on New Haven neighborhoods, industry, and urban renewal.
. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.
includes a vivid description of black girls in New York City—Chapter 7.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.
The first chapter describes the changes made to a small town by urbanization.
Song of Solomon
. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.
This book shows how a brother and sister migrate to the North, raise a family, become grandparents, yet keep their ties with the South and family tradition.
Rockowitz, Murray and Milton Kaplan.
The World of Poetry
. New York: Globe Book Company, 1965.
This text includes poems by Whitman, Sandburg and Nash.
. New York: Bantam Books, 1970.
This book includes a section on public playgrounds and the youth Ghetto.
Trachtenberg, Alan, Peter Neill and Peter Bunnell.
The City/American Experience
. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.
This text has a good introduction that presents a positive image of the city. Includes photographs, poems and prose.
Strafford, William T.
Twentieth Century American Writers
. New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1965.
This text includes “Richard Cory” and “If I Should Learn in Some Quite Casual Way.”