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Uncontrollable BlacknessAfrican American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York$
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Douglas J. Flowe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655734

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655734.001.0001

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Sex, Blood, Guns, and Gambling

Sex, Blood, Guns, and Gambling

Pleasure, Profit, and Peril in New York City’s Black Saloons

(p.58) Chapter 2 Sex, Blood, Guns, and Gambling
Uncontrollable Blackness

Douglas J. Flowe

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 2 explores the meaning of public commercial spaces to African American men, with special attention to how saloons, bars, and pool halls bolstered their sense of manhood. Those spaces gave them refuge from the broader public world, connected them to a prosperous legal and illegal economy, and provided a number of services unavailable elsewhere. It also gave them a novel sense of control over a realm of leisure whether as a proprietor or a customer. However, as the chapter makes clear, saloons provided opportunities for others to criminalize them, or for them to participate in criminal enterprises.

Keywords:   Saloons, Leisure, Manhood, Crime, Commercial space

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