Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition Dorothy Schwieder

ISBN: 9780877458524

Published: September 3rd 2003

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276 pages


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Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition  by  Dorothy Schwieder

Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition by Dorothy Schwieder
September 3rd 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9780877458524 | 8.42 Mb

FROM 1900 until the early 1920s, an unusual community existed in Americas heartland--Buxton, Iowa. Originally established by the Consolidation Coal Company, Buxton was the largest unincorporated coal-mining community in Iowa. What made BuxtonMoreFROM 1900 until the early 1920s, an unusual community existed in Americas 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 five thousand residents were African Americans-a 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 integration-steady employment, above-average wages, decent housing, and minimal discrimination. For such reasons, Buxton was commonly known as the black mans utopia in Iowa. Containing documentary evidence-including newspaper reports, census records, photographs, and state mining reports-along with interviews with seventy-five former residents, Buxton: Work and Racial Equality in a Coal Mining Community (originally published in 1987 and winner of the 1988 Benjamin Shambaugh Award) explored the Buxton experience from a variety of perspectives.

The authors-an American historian, a family sociologist, and a race relations sociologist-provided a truly interdisciplinary history of a unique community. Now, eighty years after the towns demise and sixteen years after Buxtons original publication, the history of this Iowa town remains a compelling story that continues to capture peoples imaginations. In Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland, the authors offer further reflections upon their original study and the many former Buxton residents who shared their memories.

In a new essay, A Buxton Perspective, they address issues such as social class andthe towns continuing legacy. The voices captured in Buxton, although recorded over twenty years ago, still resonate with exuberance, affection, and poignancy- this expanded edition will bring their amazing stories back to the forefront of Iowa and American history.



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