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By Sabiyha Robin Prince

Taking a look at the groups of important and West Harlem in long island urban, this examine explores the locus, shape and value of socioeconomic differentiation for African American professional-managerial staff. It starts via contemplating centuries of recent York urban heritage and the structural components of sophistication inequality to provide readers with the bigger context of up to date occasions. the first aim of this research is to ascertain the standard lives of black pros in Harlem and make sure what bearing income-generating actions have on ideology, intake styles and way of life, between different components.

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Like parts of Boston and Philadelphia, this New York community was also among the earliest of northern settings where blacks organized against racial oppression. In the 1920s, black discontent fostered the mobilization of African Americans into trade unions, cultural groups, legal defense organizations, and other collective entities. , Langston Hughes, and Paul Robeson (Naison 1983). A new energy was building, fueled by past social movements and the work of previous activists and intellectuals.

Poverty rates were high and this area was reputed to be a “den of vice and squalor” (Osofsky 1963). DuBois, the Reverend Dr. Alexander Crummel (Osofsky 1963). As New York City rapidly developed and expanded its boundaries northward, the black population also moved north. There were few property owners among them, hence African Americans were forced to relocate, subject to the vicissitudes of early gentrification. As properties changed hands and/or rental prices increased, residents moved on in search of more affordable lodging.

It is a community in which people work, struggle against numerous odds, experience victimization and setbacks, pursue goals, and sometimes prosper. Harlem has been plagued by the vagaries of urban divestment but is now facing gentrification. Harlem is a place that offers a testament to the survival of a people and this is something about which residents are proud. CHAPTER THREE Locating Class and Race in Anthropology and History A Theoretical Overview BEFORE GRAPPLING WITH THE SPECIFIC QUESTION OF HOW RACE AND CLASS intersect in the case of Harlem, views of class in the literature should clarify how these concepts are used in this book.

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