The Forging of a Black Community

Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era

Quintard Taylor
Foreword by Norm Rice

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  • Published: 1994
  • Subject Listing: African American Studies; History / Western History; Pacific Northwest / History
  • Bibliographic information: 376 pp., 32 illus., 6 x 9.25 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
  • Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography
  • Contents

Through much of the twentieth century, black Seattle was synonymous with the Central District - a four-square-mile section near the geographic center of the city. Quintard Taylor explores the evolution of this community from its first few residents in the 1870s to a population of nearly forty thousand in 1970. With events such as the massive influx of rural African Americans beginning with World War II and the transformation of African American community leadership in the 1960s from an integrationist to a "black power" stance, Seattle both anticipates and mirrors national trends. Thus, the book addresses not only a particular city in the Pacific Northwest but also the process of political change in black America.

Introduction Seattle: The Urban Frontier

Part 1 African Americans in a Frontier City, 1860-1899
1. Origins and Foundations, 1860-1899

Part 2 The Black Community Emerges, 1900-1940
2. Employment and Economics, 1900-1940
3. Housing, Civil Rights, and Politics, 1900-1940
4. Blacks and Asians in a White City, 1870-1942
5. The Forging of a Black Community Ethos, 1900-1940

Part 3 Black Seattle in the Modern Era, 1941-1970
6. The Transformation of the Central District, 1941-1960
7. From "Freedom Now" to "Black Power," 1961-1970

Conclusion Black Seattle, Past, Present, and Future

Appendix 1. Founding Members of the Seattle NAACP
Appendix 2. Black Seattle: The Social Nexus
Appendix 3. Growth of Seattle's Black Population, 1860-1990
Appendix 4. Seattle's Minority Population, 1900-1990