Making Their Own Way

Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-30
Author: Peter Gottlieb
An in-depth look at the Great Migration to one American city
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Author

Peter Gottlieb is an emeritus professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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"Engagingly written and well organized. . . . A major addition to the fields of Afro-American, urban, and working-class history."--Howard N. Rabinowitz, Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Gottlieb uses oral histories, corporate records, and primary and secondary scholarship to present a useful picture of an important part of the Great Migration that followed World War I."--George Lipsitz, Choice

"Sensitive and yet also incisive. . . . clear and often compelling. An outstanding study."--James R. Barrett, Journal of American Ethnic History


"A model study, one of two or three genuinely indispensable books on that momentous movement historians know as the Great Migration. Peter Gottlieb shatters the received portrait of southern migrants as bewildered, premodern folk, 'utterly unprepared' for the complexities of urban life. African Americans in his account emerge as complex, creative agents, exploiting old solidarities and building new ones, transforming the urban landscape even as it transformed them."--James Campbell, Northwestern University