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Author Schwieder, Dorothy
Title Buxton : A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition
Imprint Iowa : University of Iowa Press, 2003
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Bur Oak Book
Note Intro -- CONTENTS -- A Buxton Retrospective: Introduction to the 2003 Edition -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Muchakinock: Buxton's Historical Antecedent -- 2. The Creation of a Community -- 3. Workers in a Company Town -- 4. The Consolidation Coal Company -- 5. Family Life -- 6. Ethnicity -- 7. Buxton and Haydock: The Final Years -- 8. A Perspective -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
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 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 man's utopia in Iowa."
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Schwieder, Dorothy Buxton : A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition Iowa : University of Iowa Press,c2003 9780877458524
Subject Buxton (Iowa) - Social conditions
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Alt Author Hraba, Joseph
Schwieder, Elmer
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