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Not Alms but Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950

Toure F. Reed


Illuminating the class issues that shaped the racial uplift movement, this book explores the ideology and policies of the national, New York, and Chicago Urban Leagues during the first half of the twentieth century. It argues that racial uplift in the Urban League reflected many of the class biases pervading contemporaneous social-reform movements, resulting in an emphasis on behavioral, rather than structural, remedies to the disadvantages faced by Afro-Americans. The book traces the Urban League's ideology to the famed Chicago School of Sociology. The Chicago School offered Leaguers powerful ... More

Keywords: class issues, racial uplift movement, Urban Leagues, New York, Chicago, Afro-Americans, Chicago School, Sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832233
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888544_reed


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toure F. Reed, author