The Other Black Bostonians (Hardcover)

West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950 (Blacks in the Diaspora)

By Violet M. Johnson

Indiana University Press, 9780253347527, 181pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2006

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This study of Boston's West Indian immigrants examines the identities, goals, and aspirations of two generations of black migrants from the British-held Caribbean who settled in Boston between 1900 and 1950. Describing their experience among Boston's American-born blacks and in the context of the city's immigrant history, the book charts new conceptual territory. The Other Black Bostonians explores the pre-migration background of the immigrants, work and housing, identity, culture and community, activism and social mobility. What emerges is a detailed picture of black immigrant life. Johnson's work makes a contribution to the study of the black diaspora as it charts the history of this first wave of Caribbean immigrants.

About the Author

Violet Showers Johnson is Professor of History at Agnes Scott College.