The Other Black Bostonians

West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950

by Violet M. Johnson

Published by: Indiana University Press

200 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 15 b&w photos, 4 maps

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253347527
  • Published: December 2006


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  • 9780253112385
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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.