Blood Relations

Blood Relations : Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w photos
  • 0253210488
  • 9780253210487

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Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930.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 twentieth 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.show more

About Irma Watkins-Owens

IRMA WATKINS-OWENS is Assistant Professor and Director of the African American and African Studies Institute at Fordham University-Lincoln Center Campus.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1 Introduction: Intraracial Ethnicity in Harlem, 1900-19302 Panama Silver Meets Jim Crow3 "On to Harlem"4 Churches, Benevolent Associations, and Ethnicity5 Politics and the Struggle for Autonomy6 Stepladder to Community7 Marcus Garvey: "Negro Subject of Great Britain"8 Ethnic and Race Enterprise9 The Underground Entrepreneur10 Harlem Writers and Intraracial Ethnicity11 Conclusion: Blood Relations in the Black MetropolisAppendixNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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