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Blood Relations

Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930

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Blood Relations by Irma Watkins-Owens
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In Blood Relations, Irma Watkins-Owens focuses on the complex interaction of African Americans and African Caribbeans in Harlem during the first decades of the 20th century. Between 1900 and 1930, 40,000 Caribbean immigrants settled in New York City and joined with African Americans to create the unique ethnic community of Harlem. Watkins-Owens confronts issues of Caribbean immigrant and black American relations, placing their interaction in the context of community formation. She draws the reader into a cultural milieu that included the radical tradition of stepladder speaking; Marcus Garvey's contentious leadership; the underground numbers operations of Caribbean immigrant entrepreneurs; and the literary renaissance and emergence of black journalists. Through interviews, census data, and biography, Watkins-Owens shows how immigrants and southern African American migrants settled together in railroad flats and brownstones, worked primarily at service occupations, often lodged with relatives or home people, and strove to "make it" in New York.

Author Biography

IRMA WATKINS-OWENS is Assistant Professor and Director of the African American and African Studies Institute at Fordham University-Lincoln Center Campus.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 1996
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
15 b&w photos
Imprint
Indiana University Press
Pages
256
Dimensions
152x229x17
ISBN-13
9780253210487
Product ID
2814570

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