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Illinois State Historical Society awards Roosevelt University historian for book on African Americans in Chicago during Roaring Twenties

Posted: 06/04/2012
Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University professor emeritus of history and the leading expert on the history of African Americans in Chicago, has received the Illinois State Historical Society’s Superior Achievement Award for his new book, The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920-1929.

A Roosevelt alumnus, Reed is the author of Black Chicago’s First Century, Vol. 1, 1833-1900, Black Chicago’s First Century, Vol. II, 1901-1933, “All the World is Here”: The Black Presence at White City and The Chicago NAACP and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910-1966.

Published earlier this year, his award-winning book, The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920-1929, covers the rise of black Chicago’s economy, politics and culture, which flowered during the 1920s in the city’s Bronzeville area. A companion volume, The Depression Comes to the South Side: Protest and Politics in the Black Metropolis, 1930-1933, also published earlier this year by Reed, deals with the determination to succeed that followed during hopeless times of despair due to the Great Depression.

“I am honored to be recognized for my efforts in documenting one of the most important periods in black Chicago’s history.  It was a time when professionalism, culture and rising optimism and opportunity flourished for African Americans living in Chicago and a period of great promise for African Americans as well,” said Reed.

The Roosevelt historian currently is working on a new book entitled Knock on the Door of Opportunity: Black Chicago During the Early Twentieth Century.

For more information and/or to purchase The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920-1929 or any other of Reed’s books, visit www.amazon.com