"Take up the Black Man’s Burden": Kansas City’s African American Communities, 1865-1939

Coulter, Charles. “Take up the Black Man’s Burden”: Kansas City’s African American Communities, 1865-1939. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.


“Take up the Black Man’s Burden” traces the history of African American communities in Kansas City from the end of the Civil War through 1939, and is organized into thematic chapters covering topics including employment, institutions for community support, activism, recreation, and housing. It is an important work for its topical breadth that extends well beyond civil rights issues to explore the African American experience in Kansas City. 

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