Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite, 1880-1920

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University of Arkansas Press, 2000 - History - 467 pages
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Every American city had a small, self-aware, and active black elite, who felt it was their duty to set the standard for the less fortunate members of their race and to lead their communities by example. Rank within this black upper class rested on such issues as the status of one's forebears as either house servants or field hands, the darkness of one's skin, and the level of one's manners and education.



Professor Gatewood's study examines this class of African Americans by looking at the genealogies and occupations of specific families and individuals throughout the United States and their roles in their various communities. The resulting narrative is a full and illuminating account of a most influential segment of the African-American population. It explores fully the distinctive background, prestige, attitudes, behavior, power, and culture of this class. The Black Community Studies series from the University of Arkansas Press, edited by Professor Gatewood, continues to examine many of the same themes first explored in this important study.
  

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Contents

Origins
1
Prologue
3
Background and Antecedents
7
People and Places
31
Prologue
33
Washington Capital of the Colored Aristocracy
38
Aristocrats of Color in the South
69
The Upper Tens in the Northeast
97
The Genteel Performance
187
UpperClass Club Life
216
The Education of the Elite
255
Churches of the Aristocracy
281
Aristocrats of Color and Jim Crow
310
Changes and Continuities
335
Prologue
337
Into the 1920s
344

Elites in the Midwest and West
117
Color Culture and Behavior
143
Prologue
145
The Color Factor
153
Notes
363
Bibliography
427
Index
453
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About the author (2000)

Willard B. Gatewood is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the author or coauthor of eleven other books, including Aristocrats of Color (University of Arkansas Press, 2000).

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