The Four Hundred Year History From Dutch Village to Capital of Black America

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Presents a history of the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, beginning with Hudson's first experiences in the area, through its early growth as a Dutch village and colonial agricultural center, to its transformation into an iconic modern neighborhood.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802119100
Branch Call Number: 974.71 GILL
Characteristics: 520 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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CircMary May 24, 2018

I'm not sure there is any other location in the U.S. that has had such far-reaching effects on our history, culture, music, and literature.

Jan 21, 2015

Well done a long but satisfying read a Livingstone College graduate and fellow alum Phillip Johnson was instrumental in the roots of the Black renaissance which is a fact I take immense Pride in it is definately for the History Major the average reader will find it something to pick up and put down over a period of time which may dilute the experience one must be ready for the long haul though to really enjoy it.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

In truth, I only made it about halfway through this book. I was not and still am not in a place where I have the stamina to read 520 pages of Harlem history. From what I did read, Gill does a good job of identifying the development of the "Haarlem" area. As a Harlem resident, I did find myself spending a lot of time wondering exactly where certain sites and venues were, and what has become of them. A comprehensive neighborhood map would add a lot to what is already a solid effort.


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