Buxton

Buxton : A Black Utopia in the Heartland

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From 1900 until the early 1920s, an unusual community existed in America's heartland-Buxton, Iowa. Originally established by the Consolidation Coal Company, Buxton was the largest unincorporated coal mining community in Iowa. What made Buxton unique, however, is the fact that the majority of its 5,000 residents were African AmericansOCoa highly unusual racial composition for a state which was over 90 percent white. At a time when both southern and northern blacks were disadvantaged and oppressed, blacks in Buxton enjoyed true racial integrationOCosteady employment, above-average wages, decent housing, and minimal discrimination. For such reasons, Buxton was commonly known as OC the black man's utopia in Iowa.OCO"show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 277 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • Expanded ed.
  • 1587298953
  • 9781587298950

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"This interdisciplinary study combines documentary materials with oral history to provide a vivid descriptive picture of Buxton.... The authors have provided an excellent work demonstrating the use of documentary evidence and personal interviews to reconstruct a picture of a community of the past...of considerable value, particularly, for the areas of race relations and community studies."show more