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Brooklyn's Promised Land: The Free Black Community of Weeksville, New York
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Univ Pr
Publication date November 7, 2014
Pages 295
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780814724156
ISBN-10 0814724159
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Original list price $35.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In 1966 a group of students, Boy Scouts, and local citizens rediscovered all that remained of a then virtually unknown community called Weeksville: four frame houses on Hunterfly Road. The infrastructure and vibrant history of Weeksville, an African American community that had become one of the largest free black communities in nineteenth century United States, were virtually wiped out by Brooklyn’s exploding population and expanding urban grid. 

Weeksville was founded by African American entrepreneurs after slavery ended in New York State in 1827. Located in eastern Brooklyn, Weeksville provided a space of physical safety, economic prosperity, education, and even political power for its black population, who organized churches, a school, orphan asylum, home for the aged, newspapers, and the national African Civilization Society. Notable residents of Weeksville, such as journalist and educator Junius P. Morell, participated in every major national effort for African American rights, including the Civil War.  

In Brooklyn’s Promised Land, Judith Wellman not only tells the important narrative of Weeksville’s growth, disappearance, and eventual rediscovery, but also highlights the stories of the people who created this community. Drawing on maps, newspapers, census records, photographs, and the material culture of buildings and artifacts, Wellman reconstructs the social history and national significance of this extraordinary place. Through the lens of this local community, Brooklyn’s Promised Land highlights themes still relevant to African Americans across the country. 

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from New York Univ Pr (November 7, 2014)
9780814724156 | details & prices | 295 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $35.00
About: In 1966 a group of students, Boy Scouts, and local citizens rediscovered all that remained of a then virtually unknown community called Weeksville: four frame houses on Hunterfly Road.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781479874477
 
Reprint edition from New York Univ Pr (February 1, 2017)
9781479874477 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $25.00
About: In Brooklyn’s Promised Land, Judith Wellman not only tells the important narrative of Weeksville’s growth, disappearance, and eventual rediscovery, but also highlights the stories of the people who created this community.

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